Ten steps to finding a good injury lawyer
- Bear in mind that each injury lawyer has his own expertise. Injury compensation covers a wide area of law and depending upon the circumstances of your injury, whether it is an accident at work or a road traffic accident or from medical negligence, you will need the right injury lawyer for your circumstances.
- Find the right injury lawyer for you by shopping around. These days there is plenty of advice online, from legal firms and from compensation providers who can point you in the right direction.
- A compensation provider can be a good step to take at the indecision point, the stage when a claimant wonders whether he should claim, whether his case is sound and how on earth he is going to meet all the extra bills and manage if his income stream is curtailed.
- The compensation provider will recommend a suitable injury lawyer for the claimant’s circumstances and at that point the claimant should discuss the details with the legal representative so that he is clear about the process and the costs involved.
- Check out whether your injury lawyer is a member of a professional body, for example whether he has accreditation under one of the Law Society schemes. This is not necessarily the only way to test quality, but gives the client reassurance that the lawyer works to agreed professional standards.
- It’s useful to check the testimonials either on the firm’s website or in their publicity material, particularly for feedback from other claimants who have suffered a similar injury to yours.
- It is quite acceptable too, to ask for a personal reference, along the lines of discussing your own circumstances with somebody who has been through a similar experience. Providing such a conversation doesn’t prejudice your case, it should be all right to do this.
- A good lawyer will always a) set out their fees and provisional costs in advance b) discuss the wisdom of proceeding before you start a claim c) keep you informed of all steps along the way.
- Work closely with your representative and make sure to have all the facts and figures he needs to act on your behalf.
- If you think you may need a lawyer, contact Accident Advice Helpline today and see how they might help you.
Date Published: March 8, 2013
Author: David Brown