If you were recently hurt in an accident and are currently looking for somebody to represent you in a personal injury compensation claim, it is understandable that you want to know who the best compensation companies are. It is true that there are certainly many to choose from which can make it difficult to know where to begin, but in this article we will discuss what you should be looking for in a compensation company, and how to get the best deal for yourself.
So many options to choose from
The personal injury compensation industry is certainly very competitive, which means there are hundreds and hundreds of different law firms and claims management companies to choose from. When trying to find the best compensation companies it is important to know the difference between a law firm and a claims management company. The main difference is that a law firm will have its own solicitors who would represent you in your case, whereas a claims management company is more of a go-between, acting as a middleman between you and a law firm.
For this reason, it is generally advisable to go straight to a law firm, as there is no point in paying two lots of commission which would come out of your compensation. There is a department of the Ministry of Justice called the Claims Management Regulator which oversees companies that offer a service for people hoping to claim compensation for personal injury. Any company offering this service must be registered with them, and you can check if they are registered on their website.
What do the best compensation companies offer?
First of all, considering you have been involved in an accident which has left you injured, you want to be represented by a company with excellent customer service. It can sometimes be difficult to recount a serious accident that happened to you, so it is good to deal with advisors who are patient and friendly in taking down and understanding your circumstances.
As of February 2017, there are 10,387 law firms operating in England and Wales. Although not all of these companies will specialise in personal injury compensation, this just goes to show how many law firms there are to choose from. Just like any other service, not all law firms are created equal and some will provide a better service than others. It is often a good idea to check the reputation of the company, and if a friend or family member can recommend one, that may be even better.
What about the fees?
Although many law firms and compensation companies mean well and want to do the best for each individual, they are also businesses who take a percentage of any compensation awarded. That percentage will vary from company to company, but one of the most important things to look for is a no-win, no-fee* guarantee like the one offered by Accident Advice Helpline.
This guarantee simply means that if the law firm that represents you does not achieve a compensation award for you, there will be absolutely no solicitors’ fees to pay. This can be a real weight off your mind, as some companies will charge you solicitors fees even if your case is not a success. Here at Accident Advice Helpline we believe that all of the best compensation companies will offer to take on your case on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Expert lawyers and experience
The Solicitors Regulation Authority reported in February 2017 that there are 136,596 practising solicitors in England and Wales. Different solicitors work in different areas of the law, so not all of these solicitors work in personal injury compensation. However, when you are looking for a law firm or a solicitor to represent you, it is important that that solicitor has relevant expertise and experience in the field. Accident Advice Helpline, for example, was founded in 2000 and currently has over 16 years’ experience in helping people claim compensation for accidents at work, road traffic accidents, industrial injuries and diseases, food poisoning and much more.
This experience is very important, because it means that there is a much greater chance that one or more of the solicitors at the compensation company you have chosen will have dealt with a similar case. Expertise and experience are certainly two of the things the best compensation companies will have to offer.
Is it better to use a local law firm?
Some people believe that a local law firm will offer a better service, perhaps because it is possible to visit them in person, or because they know the area in which the accident happened. However, by using a local law firm you may be less likely to find a solicitor with the experience necessary. More often than not, it is a much better idea to use a large law firm, and make use of all of the experience and resources that company has.
Accident Advice Helpline is the UK’s largest personal injury specialist law firm and has represented thousands of people in a huge variety of cases. There is nothing wrong with using a local law firm, but many people believe the best compensation companies are going to be those who specialise in this kind of legal practice.
How to easily begin a claim
If you feel you are ready to start a personal injury compensation claim, all you need to do is get in touch with the compensation company of your choice to inform them of what happened to you. You can contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) and speak to our helpful and friendly advisors without any obligation. We will be able to tell you whether or not you have a viable claim, and if you do it is very likely that your case will be settled out of court.
Call today to have one of the very best compensation companies in the UK represent you in your quest for compensation.
Date Published: 9th September 2012
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Personal injury claims