So you want to make a personal injury claim but you are unsure who to approach to make it happen? There is a wide variety of law firms out there, each offering their own particular brand of individuality that often makes it a baffling choice as to who to go for. Understandably, in the immediate aftermath of an accident this is just another complication that is best avoided so that you can get on with your recovery and leave the stress of legal proceedings in the best hands possible. How then do you choose?
A good start is to go with the recommendation of your insurance company as they will undoubtedly provide a relatively decent service in order to be recommended by a large scale organisation that itself specifically deals with accidents and compensation; the close relationship with your insurance company will also mean that it will potentially be easier to find out relevant details such as a police crime reference number. In the absence of an insurance company recommendation, the recommendations of family and friends in a similar situation are also useful. What you really want to look for is efficiency on the part of the law firm, and not just the size of the payout; a large sum of compensation might not necessarily be as worth it if the claims process was very long and stressful.
However, it is not unlikely that nobody you know has ever needed a law firm (obviously this is only a good thing) and as such you might still be confused on which firm to choose. Remember that these people are in charge of your claim and as such you need to have complete confidence in their abilities; where possible speak to law firm face to face or at least over the phone, allowing you to get some understanding and confidence in their abilities through that conversation. They shouldn’t just want to deal with your claim as quickly as possible, instead aim for a law firm that will listen to your issues and deal with you personally in a manner tailored to your case; you are looking for quality as this will show in the eventual amount of compensation you receive.
Good quality personal injury lawyers are worth their weight in gold, sometimes literally; you need to be wary of some firms who will simply delegate the handling of your case to teams of trainee solicitors that will likely have less success in negotiating your claim. These tend to be the larger, better publicised firms, though this can be easily avoided by dealing with law firms face to face and discussing relevant details such as their success rate and the number of cases similar to yours that they may have dealt with in the past.
On a final note, payment is often “no-win no-fee” meaning that you are only charged for the solicitor’s services if the case is won, the cost being deducted from the final compensation. This is about striking a balance between the firms probable incentive to win the case, and their desire to win the case cheaply; I would suggest using a slightly more expensive firm, as chances are you will actually receive greater compensation despite the slightly harder cost deduction from the law firm.
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