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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Do I need a solicitor to make an accident at work claim?

    More and more people within the UK are becoming aware of the fact that they may be entitled to compensation if they have suffered an injury as a result of an accident that was not their fault. However, it can be a hard decision whether to hire a solicitor to help make the claim, especially if the accident occurred within the workplace. If you are unsure as to how working with a solicitor could benefit your accident at work claim, then keep reading: this information will be beneficial to you.

    Firstly, it is worth bearing in mind that even if you are eligible to claim off your health insurance (if you have some), the insurance companies are not on your side in terms of helping you to obtain the necessary funds that will enable you to deal with the injuries. Insurance companies are businesses and will only pay out the minimum amount they can get away with. Solicitors are there entirely to help you make a legal claim, enabling you to receive the full amount of compensation you are entitled to. If the solicitors operate on a ‘no win – no fee’ basis (which is typical), it is in their interest to ensure your compensation is as substantial as possible.

    Secondly, it is important to remember that injury solicitors are genuine specialists in their field and when entangled in a legal process, there is no substitute for years of experience. A high quality solicitor will be able to present your claim in an authoritative manner, which you simply would not be able to achieve. It is also extremely likely that they will have dealt with claims like yours many times before, meaning that they will be able to accurately inform you of how much compensation you are likely to receive. This specialist knowledge is invaluable when making decisions regarding settlements in any legal battle, so a good solicitor is well worth having on your side.

    Thirdly, a trained solicitor who specialises in injury claims will be able to ensure that the amount of paperwork and administration that you personally have to deal with is minimal. Virtually nobody enjoys dealing with red tape, so having someone to take care of it during a lengthy legal process is invaluable. Those who choose to make the claim without help often find that they become drained of energy as a result of the ongoing paperwork and simply give up trying to claim compensation that they are entitled to. Needless to say, you can do without that level of stress.

    Finally, a solicitor will ensure that your workplace injury claim is presented in the right manner. As anyone who has dealt with it knows, legal jargon can be incredibly complicated to a layperson. Unfortunately for those with no experience, a claim must always be presented using correct legal terminology, at least if you want it to be taken seriously. A trained solicitor will be able to take your account of the events and put it into words that are perfectly suited to the legal process. A claim presented in this way is far more likely to be successful, meaning the compensation received is likely to be much higher.

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    Date Published: September 30, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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