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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

    Personal injury lawyers: the facts

    Although there is a lot of information online about personal injury lawyers, the facts can be hard to find.  How do you know if you need one?  What do they actually do?  What can’t they do, and how much should you pay for one?  This article is designed to help answer some of your questions and give you a clearer idea of how the compensation system works.

    What is a personal injury lawyer?

    A personal injury lawyer is a qualified legal practitioner who specialises in securing compensation for people who have been injured as a result of accidents that were wholly or mainly somebody else’s fault.  Although it is legally possible for any individual to make a compensation claim by themselves, it is highly inadvisable.  If you are trying to take money from somebody who has a good lawyer, you will need a good lawyer to help you.

    Most personal injury lawyers specialise in particular types of accident, and getting access to a specialist can significantly increase the chance that a claim will be successful.  It is all the more important when it comes to cases where the law is complex.

    What does a personal injury lawyer do?

    The first job faced by a lawyer in this situation is collecting evidence, such as obtaining police records, medical records or statements from witnesses.  These contribute to building up the case.  The lawyer will also research similar cases that have passed through the courts in the past and look at how these can be used to support the argument that a large compensation pay-out should be made in this case.  Finally, it is a lawyer’s job to argue the case in court or to negotiate with the other side if they offer to settle out of court.

    What does a personal injury lawyer cost?

    The cost of hiring a personal injury lawyer depends on the type of case involved and how much work needs to be done; however, personal injury lawyers are not allowed to ask for more than 25% of the eventual compensation award.  One way to reduce costs is to use a lawyer such as those working at Accident Advice Helpline, who agree to work on a no win, no fee’ basis.  This means that you do not have to pay at all if the case is lost; often, but not always, a court will order the other side to pay your lawyer’s fees if you win.

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    How do I find a personal injury lawyer?

    You can find a personal injury lawyer just by using your phone book or the internet, but it is important to enquire closely to make sure the people you track down have the right experience to take on your case.  Alternatively, you can contact an organisation such as Accident Advice Helpline that can find you an appropriate legal expert quicker by looking nationally, rather than just locally.

    When it comes to personal injury lawyers, the facts speak for themselves: finding the right lawyer is a good investment if you want to make a successful compensation claim. Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.

    Date Published: December 29, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.