You probably have a basic idea of what a solicitor does but, unless you’ve actually used one, you’re unlikely to know the full range of his services. Of course, there are many different types of solicitors – including those who specialise in one particular type of law.
If someone is getting a divorce then he or she would consult a divorce lawyer or a family lawyer. We know that they negotiate the financial aspects of the divorce on our behalf and work out the custody arrangements for the children. If we are moving house then we consult a solicitor that specialises in conveyance. He would carry out local searches on the house that we are buying and register our ownership with the Land Registry.
Right lawyer for the job
If you have been injured in some way in an accident that was not your own fault then you would want to consult a solicitor. An accident claim compensation solicitor helps us to secure a high level of compensation for our injuries – but how exactly do they do that? There’s some information below about the work of a compensation solicitor..
What an accident claim compensation solicitor does
Clients contact an accident claim compensation solicitor via a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline. However, there are a few processes that they need to go through first. To begin with, there is no point in consulting an accident claim compensation solicitor if your case has no chance at all of being successful.
Therefore, Accident Advice Helpline uses a 30-second online test to determine whether there is any point in you being referred for advice to an accident claim compensation solicitor.
The test will use a few key pieces of information that are needed for a successful accident claim. Firstly, the accident must not have been your own fault. If it is was your own fault then no solicitor can help you get compensation.
Secondly, you must have been injured. If you have not been injured then obviously you cannot claim personal injury compensation. Before you are allocated an accident claim compensation solicitor, you will have a chance to talk to Accident Advice Helpline’s friendly advisers and sort out any concerns that you have before the claim starts.
The no-win, no-fee claim
Then the serious business of making a no-win, no-fee claim begins. The solicitor gathers as much factual information as possible about the accident. This is for two reasons. Firstly, it is to prove that the accident took place and that you were injured during the accident. Secondly, it is to categorise the severity of your injury – the more serious injuries tend to attract the higher levels of compensation.
Finally, it is to assess the amount of money that you have lost through your injury – mainly through not being able to work. Your solicitor compiles all of this information and gives you guidance on the sort of paperwork that you will have to provide.
They also keep you updated as to how your claim is progressing – although no solicitor can predict exactly how long any one case will take to sort out. Finally, they have the mutually joyful task of letting you know how much compensation you have been awarded. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for some free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 16th June 2013
Author: Sharon Parry