If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault, then you may well be entitled to claim compensation from the responsible party – especially if you were injured or your property was damaged as a result. However, it is important to have a legal professional on your side, to help lend authority to the claim. One of the best ways to make sure you hire the right solicitor is to research firms, then obtain a quote online for legal guidance. When reviewing the information available about a legal firm, there are several important factors to keep in mind.
Firstly, you should look for a firm that has proven experience in the sector of injury claims. As more and more people within the UK are becoming aware that they are eligible for compensation after an accident, there are a number of inexperienced identikit firms springing up – looking to make a fast quid or two. Due to their lack of experience, these companies are less likely to be able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Ensure that whenever you are considering legal assistance, you do your research and take the time to check whether or not a company can demonstrate a certain number of years in the injury claim business. The older firms, such as Accident Advice Helpline, will be able to do this.
Secondly, it is critical to ensure that the company really works on a ‘no win, no fee’* basis. Whilst ‘no win, no fee’* companies are becoming increasingly common, it is important to determine that the firm you choose to work with really does offer this option. Some of the less well established companies may add sly charges to your account if your claim is unsuccessful, so check and double check that the claim really is ‘no win, no fee’*. The superior firms offer a genuine ‘no win, no fee’* service and because of this, they will take the time to evaluate properly whether you are eligible to receive compensation; if they do not think you are eligible, they will not waste your time (or their own).
It is also important, when searching for a quote online, to ensure that you look for genuine testimonials from previous customers. The way that websites work means it is easy for a firm to produce a few fake testimonials in the form of five star reviews from non-existent clients, so you should check with the firm that the testimonials are legitimate. If you are still unsure, look for reviews of the company posted on independent forums and websites, or ask around people you know if they have an experience dealing with any of the firms. As ever, you cannot beat genuine word of mouth feedback when you are trying to get the measure of a potential ally.
Finally, ensure that the company has a record of getting high levels of compensation for its clients. Whilst your legal aid will be helping you deal with it, going through any legal process can be draining and you do not want to invest that sort of energy if the payout is going to be minimal. Ensure that whatever firm you’re working with is able to demonstrate previous large claims – if they are unable to do so, then they may not have the experience you are looking for.