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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

    What is my solicitor’s specialist knowledge?

    Your solicitor’s specialist knowledge will prove invaluable when you make your claim for compensation. He or she will possess the knowledge and experience to determine whether you have sufficient grounds for making a claim.

    To be able to claim compensation you will have to show that you were not responsible for your injury or loss. The solicitor will also be able to help you determine, if doubt exists, who was responsible and who the claim should be made against. If, as often happens, the person or body responsible for your misfortune decides to fight you claim, he or she will be in a position to provide you with representation.

    Due to the wide variety of injuries and misfortunes that can befall people, through no fault of their own, compensation solicitors often specialise. For instance, a car crash claim will be quite different from a medical negligence compensation claim. Similarly, a claim for a trip or a fall will be different, in many ways, from an injury at work claim. Clearly, all solicitors are conversant with the law regarding compensation claims as a whole, but if they specialise in a particular field they are able to offer a much better quality of service.

    How does your solicitor use his or her specialist knowledge?

    The first thing to be considered is whether you have any basis for a compensation claim. This means proving you were not responsible for the event in question and discovering if anyone else was to blame. He or she will do this by making use of the information provided by you and on your behalf.

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    The information will include any statements by witnesses, security camera and CCTV footage of the incident. In cases involving medical negligence claims the information may need to be much more in depth; the solicitor, in conjunction with other medical experts will determine what actually happened and who was responsible.

    In cases where personal injury has been suffered your solicitor will ask you to see a doctor for an examination as soon as possible, if you have not done so already. You should still see a doctor, even if you feel perfectly well. This is because claims can be made for psychological as well as personal injury. In addition, it may take time for some injuries to become apparent and start affecting you.

    Your solicitor, armed with your doctor’s report and with the assistance of our own medical experts, will play a crucial role in your claim for compensation. It can make all the difference between the claim being successful and failing.

    Sometimes the individual or body responsible for your misfortune may make an offer of compensation before the case reaches the civil courts. It should be understood that such offers are rarely made with your interests at heart. Instead they are usually made to save on court costs and avoid adverse publicity. The solicitor representing you will advise if this is the case.

    What will it cost to use one of our solicitors?

    We will represent you on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, which means you will not be left out of pocket, even if your claim is unsuccessful.

    Date Published: October 1, 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.