The term ‘conference with counsel‘ refers to the legal meetings that are needed before a compensation case can proceed. There is more flexibility to these than many people anticipate, especially where the situation is complicated because of the the client having to cope with serious injury or disability. Accident Advice Helpline always puts our clients first and tries to make things as simple and accessible as possible.
Calling our helpline
Although our helpline staff are not trained to represent people in court, they are highly skilled and they can give you the information you need before any conference with counsel takes place. This includes letting you know how your particular case is likely to proceed and roughly how much compensation you might be entitled to. You can ask our staff any questions you may have about how the process works.
Our advice is free no matter what you decide to do. We will not pressure you into making a claim with us and we recognise that you may need time to come to a decision. We can help you to work out if your claim is valid and, if you want, we can connect you with a solicitor so that you can move on to the next stage.
In order for a claim to be valid, it must meet certain basic legal conditions. These include the accident being somebody else’s fault so that there is somebody to claim against, and you having received medical treatment. In addition to these conditions, the claim must be brought within the legal time limit, which is usually three years but can vary in some unusual cases. If you are uncertain about any of these things, our staff can help you.
Getting a solicitor
At Accident Advice Helpline our experience has taught us that a compensation claim is much more likely to be successful if the claimant has an expert solicitor. This means that if you have been in a car crash we will find you a specialist traffic accident solicitor; if you have been hurt at work we will find you a specialist industrial accident solicitor, and so on. We can usually do this quickly, without you having to wait in any queues.
Any case you take with us will involve a no-win, no-fee contract. This means that you will not need to have any money up front and if we are unfortunate enough to lose, you will not have to pay at all.
Conference with counsel
Legal meetings with a solicitor traditionally take place at the solicitor’s office, but we can be flexible about this to fit around your needs. If you are seriously injured or travel is difficult for another reason, such as because of a phobia caused by the accident, your solicitor can come to you; alternatively – as many of our clients prefer – meetings can be held over the phone. These are still legally valid. What is important is that you are able to discuss the case and stay informed as it develops. No big decisions will be made without you; this is, after all, about putting you back in control of your life.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown