Personal Injury Solicitor -
Things To Consider Before Choosing
Making sure you have the right personal injury solicitor
to represent you in your accident compensation claim is
vital. However, with so many people claiming to be accident
compensation solicitors, how can you possibly know which
accident claim solicitor is going to be the best one for
Simple, ask the following 5 questions:
1. Is The Personal Injury Specialist Qualified
To Handle Your Accident Claim?
May sound rather like a silly question, but today most
solicitors elect to specialise in particular areas of
law. As such, you need to make sure your solicitor specialises
in accident injury claims before you appoint them.
Keep in mind that if your chosen accident claim solicitor
does not specialise in this particular area of law then
they are unlikely to know what the current trends in the
law are and this could end up costing you money. Moreover,
the area of law dealing with accidents tends to be highly
specialised requiring certain medical terminology skills.
Again, if your solicitor is not aware of these, it could
end up costing you! So, before agreeing to hire an accident
solicitor, make sure you ask if he/she has current
experience in this area of law. You may even want to ask
if their law firm has a specialised accident injury department.
If they don't, you should possibly consider going to another
law firm that does.
2. Is Your Personal Injury Solicitor Taking Any
Charges From You?
When you and your accident claim solicitor sign a Conditional
Fee Agreement (CFA) you want to make sure that in the
agreement the solicitor is going to claim for all of their
fees and expenses from the opponent and not from any accident
compensation you receive.
If the solicitor gives you any problems here, don't hire
them and remind them of the Access to Justice Act which
permits them to claim all reasonable costs from the other
3. Out-Of-Pocket Expenses?
Most personal injury solicitors love to include a clause
in the CFA that you are going to be responsible for all
out-of-pocket expenses. Out-of-pocket expenses can include
any medical treatment you receive at the request of your
accident compensation solicitor, any overtime incurred
by the solicitor's staff, telephone and fax charges, etc.
The solicitor should be responsible for these costs which
should be re-claimed from your opponent. However, be warned:
the courts will only allow you to claim 'reasonable' costs
and only on the basis of you winning your case.
4. Is The Accident Compensation Solicitor Aiming
To Settle Or Go To Court?
Sometimes, though not always, solicitors don't listen
to the wishes of their clients and instead go after what
they believe the law entitles their client to claim. As
such, if you want to settle the claim, rather than go
to court, you should ask your accident claim solicitor
whether they have any objection to such.
Conversely, if you want to go to court, but your solicitor
is advising that you settle the claim, you should discuss
this with them to see if there are any adverse effects
for taking your accident
compensation claim to court.
5. What Happens If You Lose?
Solicitors are expensive so what happens if you lose?
You need to ask this question of your accident claim solicitor
to see if he/she is willing to insure your claim against
the chances that you may lose.
Keep in mind that if you do lose it is not you who is going to be responsible for the fees and expenses that have accrued to-date, but your personal
And you don't want to be the victim of the same accident
twice, so don't listen to any discussions about how you
cannot lose and make sure you have adequate protection
should the impossible actually happen!
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