What’s the difference between a personal injury solicitor and other types of lawyer?
A personal injury lawyer is a specialist solicitor who builds and negotiates your compensation claim case if you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault. The cause could be anything – a road traffic accident, a trip, slip or fall in a public place, a workplace injury, medical negligence or even an animal bite. A personal injury solicitor helps you make the claim and makes sure you receive any rehabilitation or counselling if it’s needed.
Should I talk to a personal injury solicitor?
If you were injured in an accident not your fault and within the last three years, then yes, it’s worth a chat. You may qualify for a personal injury claim and compensation.
There are some exceptions. For example, children can claim any time after an accident up until their 21st birthday. In more serious cases (for example, where head injury trauma may have affected psychological function), you could have longer than three years to begin your claim.
The best way to find out whether you qualify for a personal injury claim is to call us and talk the incident through on 0800 376 0150. It won’t cost you anything. With 25 years’ experience making it right for people when things are wrong, we can give you the advice you need that could make all the difference.
You may not be ready to talk about the accident yet. No problem – why not try our online personal injury claims checker first?
What are the types of personal injury for which I can make a claim?
From minor injuries to life-changing trauma and psychological damage, we’ll give you advice you can trust for making compensation claims across a wide variety of personal injury categories.
- Road traffic accidents: as a driver, rider, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian.
- Medical negligence: misdiagnosis; GP, hospital and dental negligence; birth injuries; and care home claims.
- Accidents at work: industrial, office, machinery, carer, agricultural and ‘needlestick’ (hypodermic or needle-based) accidents.
- Slips, trips and falls in any public place.
- Other types such as holiday, sport, animal, military, beauty treatment and carbon monoxide-related accidents.
But, if you do decide you’d like to take the next steps, we can put you forward to one of our specialist personal injury lawyers. They’ll be happy to answer any further questions and discuss our no win no fee personal injury agreement with you.
How do I start my personal injury claim with your solicitors?
The thought of using a personal injury lawyer can feel intimidating. Chances are you’ll have a lot of questions. We’re a trusted helpline and we’re here to help you answer those questions with impartial, clear advice that won’t cost you a penny.
We can also guide you through those first steps of making a personal injury claim. We’ll never rush or pressure you into starting a claim either: the choice is always yours. We give you the accurate advice that helps you consider whether or not you’d like to go ahead – in your own time, your own way and at your own pace.
If you decide you’d like to take those next steps, we’ll put you in touch with one of our specialist personal injury solicitors. They’ll be happy to answer any extra questions or queries you may have and also outline our no win no fee personal injury agreement with you.
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How do I choose a personal injury lawyer?
You don’t have to: that’s the beauty of talking to us first! We’ll evaluate your claim and give you all the options and information you need to make an informed decision. Then if you decide to pursue your claim, we’ll put you in touch directly with a law firm from our network of approved personal injury lawyers. We hand-pick that firm for you, based on the type of incident or accident you’ve experienced. This makes sure from the beginning that you’re talking with a lawyer expert in your circumstances and situation.
What do personal injury lawyers charge?
With a No Win No Fee compensation claim, there are no up-front costs. The law of the land says you pay nothing if your claim is unsuccessful. Your lawyer will agree a success fee with you before they start work on your case that they’ll deduct from your compensation award if your claim is successful. It’s means there’s no financial risk for you, no surprises and no unexpected costs. In the exceptionally rare circumstances where the lawyer we select for you is unable to work on a No Win No Fee basis, they’ll always let you know beforehand. You can then decide if you still want to go ahead or not.
When might I need a personal injury lawyer and how do I use one?
If you’re injured in an accident or incident that appears not to have been your fault, then you could qualify for compensation. It could have been a trip, slip or fall in a public place; a road traffic accident as a driver, passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist or pedestrian; an accident in the workplace; an instance of medical negligence; or any other number of other scenarios. They range from sports and holiday accidents to injuries caused by a defective product. In a personal injury claim, we’ll assess your situation and put you in touch with one of our specialist, approved law firms. If they’re able to accept your claim on a No Win No Fee basis – and it’s a rare case where they can’t – then they’ll take care of things for you throughout the compensation claims process.
About our personal injury solicitors
We have spent 25 years building a proven, nationwide network of specialist personal injury solicitors that we trust to work in your best interests – each time, every time. Their objective (and ours too) is simple: to give you the intelligent legal advice you’re looking for – and then help you make a successful no win no fee compensation claim.
We regularly assess the standards of our personal injury solicitors:
- If you decide to move ahead with your claim, it’s very important to us that you receive the most effective legal service from them – one that’s attentive, sympathetic to your needs and hassle-free.
- Our injury lawyers also work under strict codes of professional conduct.
- We make sure they carry the correct insurance to work with personal injury claims and all our solicitors sign up to our customer charter before they become one of our approved firms.
What will my personal injury lawyer do for me?
Your personal injury solicitor has one task – and that’s working hard on your behalf to help make things right. They’ll use their specialist knowledge of personal injury law to make sure you receive all the compensation that the law of the land says you’re owed.
An important part of the service you receive is knowing how your compensation claim is progressing and having all your questions answered as that claim moves forward. We like to keep things simple: your solicitor is your single point of contact.
Your personal injury solicitor will also take care of the following:
- Let you know whether you can make your claim on a no win no fee
- Organise all the relevant the paperwork and submit the documentation for you.
- Outline the claims process in a way that’s in jargon-free plain English and easy to understand.
- Give you a rough estimate of how much compensation you might receive.
- Contact the responsible party and negotiate hard on your behalf.
Your personal injury lawyer will also be there to arrange extra support if you need it – from physiotherapy and counselling through to any home alterations you may need to help you cope with the aftermath of your injuries.