If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault, or if you have been the victim of medical malpractice, you might be entitled to compensation. We understand why you want to employ only the best and most dependable personal injury attorneys during this tough period. To that end, we’ve put together a quick guide to hiring a personal injury lawyer.
Decide on either a personal injury solicitor or a CMC
To begin, you must determine whether to hire a personal injury solicitor or a claims management firm (CMC). For two factors, we will always consider hiring an experienced attorney rather than a claims assessor:
- Since CMCs do not often retain the services of a professional attorney, they are unable to seek compensation in the courts. As a consequence, the payout pay-out could be reduced.
- CMCs also operate on a ‘no win, no fee basis, which allows you to give them a portion of any compensation you earn. As a consequence, payments can vary greatly and, if you are awarded a significant sum, you will be required to pay thousands of pounds.
Search for certified and respected solicitors
Experienced and well-respected lawyers would have accreditations and are likely to have received awards for their outstanding work. You will find an accredited attorney on the Law Society’s website, Solicitors for the Elderly (for elder abuse), or the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers’ website (APIL).
Research specialist solicitor
Whether you’ve been injured at work or abroad, or you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, it’s critical to retain the services of a solicitor who specializes in your field.
Looking out for recommendations
Reading online feedback from former clients or asking friends and family for referrals can help you in your quest for a lawyer. This is an efficient way to learn about the legal process and the choices available to you.
Booking a face to face appointment
It is possible to have a face-to-face consultation before settling on a personal injury attorney. Make contact to set up a meeting, and bring a list of questions you’d like answered. You will want to address your case and the chances of a successful compensation claim, the procedure involved, and the costs that will be incurred at this stage. This way, you can be assured that all of your questions have been answered.
Evidence of expertise
Read client testimonials and real-life case studies to discover how the attorney has helped those who have been affected in a similar way to yourself. It is also a good idea to check for any facts or figures on the solicitor’s website that support their statements of success, such as the monetary sum of damages received for clients over a given time span and also the success rate of the settling case.
Clearing the term of services
When negotiating with a solicitor firm, make sure you understand their terms of service and the rates they will charge so there are no surprises when the lawsuit is settled. Make a point of thoroughly reading the terms and conditions outlined in your client agreement and raising any concerns with your file handler as soon as possible.
The terms of payment
Make sure you understand the firm’s payment structure and terms of payment. Most personal injury companies will treat your lawsuit on a No Win, No Fee basis; however, you should be aware of the percentage of the final payout amount that will be excluded from your settlement. More information can be found in our guide on how to pay for personal injury lawsuits.