It is understandable that many people get a little confused with the use of the terms lawyer and attorney. If you have suffered an injury then you may well be told “You need to speak to personal injury lawyer” or you could be told “You need to find a firm of personal injury attorneys.” They are, in fact one and the same thing. According to Black’s Dictionary a lawyer is a “person learned in law and practising as an attorney, counsel or solicitor”. So there is no difference to you as the victim of an accident. You need someone who can represent you in your claim and it makes no difference what his title is as long as he is suitably qualified and understands the legal process.
Finding personal injury attorneys
One of the best ways to find personal injury attorneys near you is to search on the internet. This method will pull up loads of results; you could find some law firms that are local to you, as well as firms that work on a national basis. There is nothing wrong with using these firms. In fact, you may well benefit from using the services of a firm who do nothing but help accident victims make claims for compensation. You will be dealing with personal injury attorneys that understand the law around personal injury claims very clearly. They will be best placed to advise you.
What is your part in the process?
Your part in the process is a minimal one. You will have to speak to your personal injury attorneys about your accident; how it happened, where, who was involved and most crucially, if someone else was to blame. You will also have to confirm the extent of your injuries and agree to having a medical report completed. This is important as it is the extent of your injuries that will eventually decide how much money you receive as compensation. Also important is a witness report; this does not have to be a person, it can be a “virtual” witness such as CCTV footage, a police report or workplace accident report. You must be able to prove that what you are telling your personal injury attorneys is true and has not been made up in order to gain financial reward. That may sound harsh but there have been many fraudulent claims made in the past.
Where do I get more advice?
You can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. When you chat to one of our advisers, you can get no-obligation advice, and an estimate as to the payout you could possibly receive.
This is only a guide and should never be taken as a guarantee. Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years’ experience helping people make compensation claims. We have the support of Dame Esther Rantzen ,who has long been a dominant figure for consumer rights in the U.K.
Call us today and find out just how we can help you.
Date Published: 16th March 2014
Author: Louise Thacker