Choosing a Personal Injury Solicitor
If you have had an accident that wasn’t your fault and you have suffered an injury as a result, you may be able to claim accident compensation. It is important that if you decide to make a claim, you seek advice from a reputable and experienced personal injury lawyer who can take the stress out of making a claim whilst you concentrate on recovery.
When choosing the right solicitor for you it is important to take into account specific experience a firm may having in relation to your claim. Priority should be given to the experience and knowledge a firm has, rather than where they are located.
To help you decide, here are some common questions to ask:
What experience do you have?
A solicitor with specific specialities in a particular area may be better suited to deal with your claim. At Freeclaim Solicitors we only deal with accident claims and have over 30 years’ experience.
We have expert personal injury solicitors who deal with all different types of accident compensation claims, including accidents at work, slips, trips and falls and road traffic accidents. We also have specialist solicitors who deal with more serious injuries, including head and spinal injures.
What accreditations in personal injury do you have?
When choosing a personal injury solicitor, ask them to demonstrate their expertise. Freeclaim Solicitors have industry recognised accreditations and memberships, including:
Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel – legal practitioners can earn special recognition from the Law Society for their expertise in certain areas of law by achieving membership in their accreditation scheme.
Recommended by the Legal 500 – the Legal 500 provides the most comprehensive coverage currently available on legal service providers. Freeclaim Solicitors have been recommended as leading personal injury solicitors for a number of years now.
Headway (the brain injury association) – Headway is a registered charity to help and support people affected by brain injury. Headway maintains a Directory of Solicitors experienced in handling brain injury claims. Freeclaim Solicitors are members of the Headway panel.
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) – The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has been fighting for the rights of injured people for well over 20 years. Freeclaim Solicitors have membership of APIL.
The RoadPeace Legal Panel – The panel members help and support people bereaved or seriously injured in a road collision by enabling them access to high quality legal advice and justice, including fair compensation.
How can you help with my recovery?
It is also important that your solicitor can provide you with the help and support required following an accident. The Rehabilitation Code promotes early rehabilitation for people who have been injured in an accident, in order for them to get their lives back on track. The code recommends that solicitors work alongside their clients to assess and implement the best rehabilitation options available.
At Freeclaim Solicitors we strongly support the Rehabilitation Code. We believe that helping someone to rebuild their lives is of the upmost importance in accident compensation claims. We will look at early treatment and support for you to ensure you have the best opportunities to have a better quality of life.
How much will my claim cost?
The costs of your claim is also important to consider when deciding who is the best solicitor for you. At Freeclaim Solicitors, all personal injury claims are taken on on a no win no fee basis. This guarantee means that clients can be assured that if their claim is unsuccessful, they will not have to pay us anything. What’s more, all our enquiries are completely free with no obligation.
Do I have to use my insurance company?
Unfortunately many insurance companies advise clients that they have to use them or one of their panel solicitors (who may or may not be experienced in personal injury). This is not true – you are free to instruct a solicitor of your choice. Freeclaim Solicitors are completely independent and therefore will only act in your best interests.
The Financial Services Authority states that clients on average get 2 to 3 times more compensation when they consult a solicitor. The Law Society recently launched a campaign to highlight the fact, focusing on the key message; “Don’t get mugged by an insurer – use a solicitor”.
What do I do now?
If you’ve been injured and want to speak to one of our personal injury solicitors with no obligation, call our helpline today on 0800 612 7340 and we can help you start your claim..
Or contact our personal injury solicitors using our online enquiry form, and we’ll call you back to discuss your accident claim.