If you have suffered an accident that wasn’t your fault and are thinking of making a claim for compensation for your injuries solicitors provide an essential service for making sure that you receive the financial award that you deserve. Personal injuries solicitors can provide you with all the advice you need to pursue a claim to its successful conclusion, but there are a few things that anybody in this position could benefit from knowing in advance. We have assembled a short list of common questions and their answers.
Q. Do I need to pay up front?
A. This will vary from solicitor to solicitor. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we are committed to helping people who have been the victim of an accident that wasn’t their fault. As such, we operate a strict no-win, no-fee* basis. This means that no fees will be charged up front, but only on the successful conclusion of your claim. Sometimes, lawyers will refer to this as a CFA (Conditional Fee Arrangement), which is a very common way of funding a personal injury claim.
Q. Will I have to go to court?
A. Often, a personal injury claim can be resolved without a court hearing ever actually taking place. This will sometimes be referred to as ‘settling’ the claim, or ‘settlement’ of the claim. This usually happens when it is obvious that the accident in question was the fault of the person being sued, and they want to avoid having to pay their lawyers to fight the case on top of paying the victim of the accident the compensation they are entitled to.
It is also sometimes possible for a trial to happen and for the person claiming not to have to attend court for the hearing. This is because evidence is often in the form of written statements, and sometimes the other side will agree with everything. If this happens, there is no need to question you about your version of events, and you won’t have to go through the inconvenience of spending a day in a court.
Q. What does it mean for a case to be settled out of court?
A. Although people sometimes want to ‘have their day in court’, it is almost always better to accept a settlement of the claim. For a start, this avoids the hassle of having to attend court in person. You will also almost always recover a large portion of your legal costs from the other side. Further, whatever the nature of your injuries, if your solicitors have made an offer to the other side to settle and they reject it, it could result in you recovering an additional lump sum of money on top of your other compensation.
Q. How can I be sure that Accident Advice Helpline are the right injuries solicitors for me?
A. We have over a decade of experience, and the personal endorsement of consumer champion Esther Rantzen. We have numerous injuries solicitors expert ready to take your claim, and you can make a free initial enquiry without having any further obligation. To do this, visit our website and take our 30 Second Test or call our freephone number 0800 689 0500 (or, if you are using your mobile phone to call us, on 0333 500 0993).