Personal injury law can be as diverse as it is specialist which rather reflects on the type of professionals working in it within the UK. With the introduction of Conditional Fee Arrangements (CFAs) in 1995, or no win no fee as its more commonly known, there has been an upsurge of injury victims making claims that they would otherwise not have been able to fund from their own pockets.
Legal Aid was available prior to this, but was often hard to come by for civil cases. The UK’s personal injury jobs market has accordingly reflected the need for top quality solicitors working for claimants who have been injured at work, in public or on holiday through no fault of their own. At Accident Advice Helpline we have 200 no win no fee solicitors in our network, spread throughout the UK, working for clients against those who would dispute liability through to negotiating claim or to negotiating compensation amounts.
Personal injury jobs
Solicitors working in the personal injury jobs market are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, members of the Law Society and abide by the high standards of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which upholds standards in professionalism and expertise amongst member partners in law firms.
The larger firms in Accident Advice Helpline’s network usually allocate certain cases across teams of specialists. Typical team division would include those specialising in road accidents – injured drivers and passengers in motor vehicles, cyclists and motorbike riders; victims of what might be classed as ‘catastrophic injuries’ and. finally, ‘mixed liability injuries. The latter encompasses a vast range of cases, ranging from injuries from no-fault slips, trips and falls to often complex employer liability claims. Again, these can cover a gamut of cases, from work-related back injuries to claims dealing with hazard-related work materials such as asbestos inhalation resulting in respiratory and lung disease, repetitive strain injuries and white finger, caused by machine or tool vibration.
The range of personal injury jobs is extensive and can start with major claims provision providers in the UK such as Accident Advice Helpline. The company employs 350 staff at its head office. Many of them handle calls from potential claimants day in, day out, 7 days a week. Accident Advice Helpline’s freephone is manned by our expert team of advisers and just a 30-second test, will be able to tell the caller if he or she has a valid claim and even how much compensation might be awarded should it succeed. The criteria are that the accident must have happened within the last three years, that it was of no fault of the claimant and that medical attention was needed.
Injuries at work
Accident Advice Helpline clients come from all walks of life and occupations, and the personal injury jobs our solicitors take on can be equally across the board. Cases may involve trades union-supported scenarios, with employees of all kinds involved. With injuries at work, the employers and their insurers are often the defendants, whether these are in the private sector or public authorities. Much of the investigation work in cases is carried out in the solicitor’s offices and usually in the case of minor injuries compensation claims can be handled without the client actually having to see any personal injuries jobs staff. It can be done by phone and mail and compensation claims can even be settled without having to go to court.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: 2nd March 2013
Author: David Brown