If you are seeking solicitors’ advice there are a few things you should bear in mind. First of all, you should be absolutely clear what you need from them. For example if you need solicitors’ advice about a potential personal injury compensation claim, you need to find a solicitor who is an expert in the type of accident, injury or illness that you have, or have had. You may need to talk to three or four solicitors in order to find a suitable one and only then should you make an appointment. You can usually have an initial appointment free of charge so that you can discuss your case and at the end of the time allotted to you, the solicitor should be in a position to tell you whether or not you have good grounds for making a claim.
How do I know if they are good solicitors?
When you talk with solicitors, whether in person or on the phone, ask about their qualifications, how long they have been practising and what they specialise in. All solicitors should have a practising certificate which will tell you that they are fully qualified and insured; this should be on display in their offices. You can check any solicitor, if you are worried about anything, with the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.
If the solicitors’ advice is couched in language you don’t understand (perhaps it’s full of legalese and jargon) then you should ask for a clear explanation in plain English.
Seeking solicitors advice
When you have found a suitable solicitor you should make an appointment and take all the relevant documents with you in order to discuss your case fully. For example, if you have been injured in an accident that you can prove was no fault of yours, you should have details of the accident, a police report if appropriate and your medical records. If you are unable to find a suitable solicitor, you should call us at Accident Advice Helpline on one of our freephone numbers and we may be able to put you in touch with one of our expert injury solicitors who work all over the UK. They all work on a no-win, no fee* basis which is good, as there is no longer legal aid for personal injury compensation claims.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have any queries regarding a potential personal injury compensation claim, call us at Accident Advice Helpline at any time of day or night, as the freephone lines are always open, even on Bank Holidays. The numbers to ring are 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 for calls from mobiles. Why not call now for expert legal advice?
Date Published: March 24, 2014
Author: David Brown