When you’ve been hurt in an accident you might be forgiven for feeling a little vulnerable. In this article we provide some information about finding an expert solicitor in Hathersage and making sure that you know your rights. This could be vital in helping you to avoid being short changed.
When you’ve been injured
Here in the UK the laws surrounding personal injuries are relatively simple. If the accident was not your fault and as long as it happened within the last three years the chances are that you should be able to make a claim.
That three year time limit means that any claims that are brought after the three years have elapsed will automatically be excluded as the passage of time will make it difficult to be entirely certain of the facts in the case. The only exception to this rule is when a child is injured as the three year time limit does not start until the age of 18. That doesn’t mean you have to wait until the age of 18 to make a claim – you are able to make a claim at any time.
How your case is handled
The majority of claims are handled in the small claims court. In order to successfully argue your case you will have to prove, to the satisfaction of the law courts that the accident was first of all not your fault and secondly was the fault of the defendant.
Those two facts are not necessarily one and the same. It is possible that in a car accident, for example, the other side could have been at fault but you might not have been blameless so this could provide some complexities to the case.
You don’t have to stick with a lawyer
You are not locked into an agreement with your lawyer at any time. If you’re unhappy with what you’re getting you can simply switch lawyers or walk away completely.
You will probably have to pay at some point. How much will depend on the deal you reach with your individual lawyer, but it may well include a percentage of your compensation claim. Make sure you know how much this will be before you choose your lawyer.
A safety net comes in the form of ‘no win, no fee’. This means that if you do not win your case you will not have to pay. However, some firms can sneak a few fees in under the radar so once again it’s important to know what you’re getting into.
Finding an expert solicitor in Hathersage
You can choose any lawyer you like but the best bet is to find an expert solicitor in Hathersage who has real experience in personal injury law. They will offer a much better service right the way down the line.
For more information about finding an expert solicitor in Hathersage, visit www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk or call 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 3rd April 2014
Author: David Brown