How To Choose A Personal Injury Solicitor
If you’ve been involved in an accident either at work or on the road and have developed injuries as a result, you could be entitled to compensation by making a claim. An expert solicitor will be able to help guide you through the whole process, but how do you go about choosing personal injury claim solicitors in the first place? Here are a few tips to get you thinking along the right track.
Take A Look Online
The easiest way to start your search is to browse online for solicitors in your area. Many websites will give you all of the information you need to make an informed decision – including ‘about the team’ pages and details of previous experience – but don’t hesitate to contact them if you have any questions regarding their past cases and success rate.
Check For Accreditations
While you’re on their website, you can also check for any listings of qualifications and accreditations, such as membership of specialist solicitors panels, such as those run by the Association of Personal Injury solicitors and the Law Society’s own Personal Injury Panel. If they can prove they have these accreditations, you can rest assured that has been independently established that the individual solicitors are both professional and highly knowledgeable in their chosen field. If you’re looking for medical negligence expert, make sure you appoint members of at least one of the following panels, the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, and Action against Medical Accidents Panel [run by AvMA, the national patient justice charity]. Only a few hundred solicitors nationwide out of a total of 1/100,000 are members of these two highly specialist medical negligence solicitors panels Ask for full details of accreditations if you’re not sure.
Look At What They’re Offering
When choosing the right solicitor for you particularly for hip replacement compensation, it’s always worth looking at what they’re offering. For example, some firms will offer a free phone call to discuss your case, or a free in-person consultation so they can answer any of your questions and concerns. Many work under a ‘no win no fee’ agreement, meaning that you won’t have to worry about paying a legal bill if your claim is unsuccessful. Check if they offer visits at home or in hospital if you are unable to travel, and some firms may even do meetings via Skype video if you prefer seeing your solicitor face to face instead of communicating simply via email. If you’re not sure about any of these points, don’t hesitate to give them a call and ask them.
The sooner you start your personal injury claim, the better, as time limits apply to all accident and medical negligence compensation claims - so get going on your search for the perfect solicitor today and make sure that you appoint a compensation claims specialist who should be able to help you with any questions you may have.