Can one evade accident? In most cases, the answer is no! With the influx of personal injury claims, it is important to choose a personal injury solicitor who is a specialist in the field of law you wish to pursue before signing an agreement. Some solicitor’s deal only with medical or clinical negligence and others deal with work-based personal injuries and road traffic accidents. Here you find tips on selecting the best personal injury lawyer.
- Do enough research.Personal injury claims may take years to pursue, so it is imperative to thoroughly research your chosen solicitor by visiting the Law Society who monitor and regulate all your state solicitors. If your injury claim solicitor is not a member of the Law Society, contact him or her to investigate further.
- Experience of the personal injury solicitor.All solicitors must gain a minimum of three years in the personal injury claim field to be listed the personal injury panel of the Law Society.
- For those requiring a solicitor for medical negligence, check the clinical negligence panel on the Law Society website.
- If you claim an insurance policy, the lawyer may put you in touch with a solicitor who may only be regulated by the insurance firm and may or may not be regulated by the Law Society. However, it doesn’t hurt to double check!
- If a solicitor claims to be a specialist personal injury solicitor through the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), please note that solicitors do not have to disclose his or her expertise in the field of personal injury as membership incurs only a membership fee.
- Some businesses can lure potential customers by claiming to be lawyers or include “lawyer” in its business name, although this may not be the case after further investigation. Do not be influenced by misleading businesses who claim to be “experts” in the field of personal injury. Only a legitimate solicitor may use a solicitor in its business name.
- Before signing any agreement ensure that the solicitor you are speaking with is listed on the panel of personal injury specialists on the Law Society website.
A legitimate personal injury solicitor will often provide the information you request on the home page of the website, as s/he has nothing to hide.
Many personal injury claims are now obtained through a no win no fee basis. It does not require an upfront payment, but it is important to know the percentage rate you will pay if your injury claim is successful before you sign the agreement.
The above tips will grant you the best lawyer and may save you time and money.