Accidents will happen. Whilst we try our hardest to avoid them, it is a fact of life that at some point we will either have, or know someone who has had, an accident. People deal with accidents in different ways. Some people are able to push the event securely to the back of their mind whilst for others, it becomes a bigger problem and you may need to find a solicitor for your claim.
Personal injury, anxiety and fear are the most usual outcomes of common accidents. Accidents can take place anywhere, at home, in the workplace, and as we all know, are far too frequent on our roads. The range of injuries that people suffer as a result- both mental and physical – have given rise to a whole new breed of legal eagle, the injury solicitor.
Who is the ideal solicitor for your claim?
A solicitor for your claim is someone who’s working day is taken up offering advice and legal support to accident victims. Some companies concentrate purely on accidents and their outcomes leaving all other legal avenues to other firms. As well as those who have switched to injury law, there are firms who have been set up purely to deal with accident scenarios. All offer an unbiased opinion as to the situation causing the accident and will offer a way forward for those needing help.
What to look out for
There are plenty of firms out there offering services. We see them at street corners, leaving leaflets in hospital waiting rooms and some seem to be able to contact us via email and text. If you have suffered an accident and feel you should be making a claim then be wise when you make your choice.
A well established firm with a good reputation and plenty of recommendations is the way to go forward. Read the small print carefully and take particular note of any charges, most firms of injury solicitor offer a no win no fee scenario, so there is no need to get involved with one who will charge you whatever the outcome.
Finding out if you qualify
Before you even pick up the phone and call a solicitor, take stock of the situation. Your accident must have been within three years and must have been someone else’s fault before any firm will offer you assistance. Details of the accident and any witnesses, plus any medical reports will be needed at some point, so get all these things together before you begin.
This can sometimes turn into a lengthy procedure and you must be prepared to answer numerous letters and phone calls.
Accident Advice helpline has been operating for many years and works closely with a network of legal partners to offer the best assistance. There is a 30-second qualification test and a helpline you can reach on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 that you can call on at any point during your claim should you proceed. Backed by TV personality Dame Esther Rantzen the company is fully regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Date Published: 19th March 2013