What does a personal injury solicitor do?
In case of a claim for compensation, a personal injury solicitor will represent the claimant to put forward the case.
What does an injury solicitor need to prepare the case?
First he or she will need to know the claim is eligible and there are three conditions to meet for this. The next stage is to estimate what the claim might be worth and there are usually precedents to check what payouts have been made for similar cases. The claimant will have to have an independent medical examination. If there are contact details of any witnesses, the injury solicitor needs those. It can be helpful to keep any receipts or other documentation related to the injury.
What makes my claim eligible?
The accident was not the claimant’s fault
The claim is being made within 3 years of the incident
The claimant required medical attention as a result of the injuries
What happens next?
The claim is made against the third party who was responsible for the accident and injury. They have three months to respond. For this reason it is important not to leave your claim until the last minute of the three year deadline. Your injury solicitor needs time to prepare the case.
Will I have to go to court?
Many cases are settled out of court. An offer is made and if the claimant accepts it, then the settlement usually comes through fairly quickly. If the claim is disputed and it has to go to court, then a court date will be set and the injury solicitor will advise how things will proceed.
How do I find a good personal injury solicitor?
Many personal injury solicitors belong to professional organisations. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers is one such and has around 5,000 members.
A good compensation provider can also advise how to find a personal injury solicitor. Accident Advice Helpline works in partnership with around 200 legal experts to provide claimants with the advice they need across a range of different kinds of personal injury claims.
Date Published: April 4, 2013
Author: David Brown