Top Ten FAQs About Accident Solicitors
What does an accident solicitor do?
Accident solicitors are specialists in personal injury law for compensation of victims in non-fault accidents. The role of the accident solicitor can vary depending upon whether they work for the claimant or the defendant. If you are currently seeking an accident solicitor in Grindleford then read on for some useful information.
What does my accident solicitor need from me?
Your accident solicitor needs to know all the details of your accident, including your own notes (statement), photos, witness details and other supporting documentation, including your medical reports.
How long does it take?
Many cases are now started and processed online on sites like this one. If your case is relatively minor or straightforward, and the defendant accepts liability, offering to settle, then you could receive your compensation fairly quickly.
Will I have to go to court?
Not necessarily. The same conditions as above apply. If the claimant and defendant agree at the correspondence stage, the defendant’s solicitor will send a Part 36 letter offer to settle, and if the claimant accepts it, there is no need to go to court.
How much compensation will I get?
The amount of compensation awarded depends on your injuries and other circumstances. It’s for the legal powers to decide what’s fair. However, there are comparative figures and our compensation calculator will give you an estimate of what you could receive if your claim is successful.
Are some accident solicitors better than others?
Yes they are. When searching for your accident solicitor look for quality and good endorsements. These include professional accreditation, a well-known patron, testimonials and resources, and length of time operating in the industry.
How much will it cost me?
To make an enquiry is free and to start a claim won’t cost you money upfront. If your solicitor wins, the defendant pays the lion’s share of your legal fees (and his own). If you lose your case, then you won’t pay your legal fees either. That’s what the phrase “no win, no fee” means. However there may be other costs, and there is an important distinction between “costs” and “fees”. Sometimes it is possible to take out insurance to cover these prior to starting a claim, so be sure to ask your solicitor before you start.
How do I train to become an accident solicitor in the UK?
You need to have a first class degree from a British university, ideally in law, but at entry level it doesn’t have to be. Then you join a solicitor’s practice as a junior and work your way up to full qualification. Detailed information can be found on sites such as The Law Society.
How can I find an accident solicitor in Grindleford right now?
Why not ask us at Accident Advice Helpline to help you, if you are seeking an accident solicitor in Grindleford? For any of these reasons above, you can get the benefit of our expert advice on how to start your claim by phoning our trained telephone advisers today on 0800 689 0500 or on 0333 500 0993 (from your mobile). Your enquiry call won’t cost you anything.
Date Published: 16th October 2013
Author: David Brown