How to learn the basics of legal procedure?
While your lawyer can and certainly will be handling all aspects of legal procedure on your behalf, with a greater understanding of legal procedure your bewilderment will be alleviated considerably and you will be better able to cooperate with your lawyer and furnish him with information that can be beneficial to your case. Ask your lawyer for a basic explanation of each stage of legal procedure and do some reading up on your own. A basic understanding of legal procedure will go a long way towards ameliorating the uncertainty and anxiety that often plagues personal injury victims trying to make a claim.
Get a Personal Injury solicitor who understands the sort of claim you’re making. While technically any UK-qualified lawyer can represent you in a personal injury claim, personal injury law is a varied and nuanced field. There are myriad personal injury lawyers, from generalists to those who deal with specialised subject matter such as automobile accidents or workplace accidents. Engage a lawyer who specialises in the sort of situation you are facing.
Will I have to go to court?
Who will pay my compensation?
How long will it take to get my compensation?
Hopefully your claim will be resolved within a matter of months. Sometimes it can take longer if your opponent denies fault for your accident, or they do not offer you enough compensation. In these circumstances, we may have to take your case to court. We will give you appropriate advice on timelines as and when they become clear to us so.
How much will I get?
This will depend on your injury. Click here for examples of past awards. You may also wish to refer to the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines, which provide a general assessment of the quantum of damages payable in various types of personal injury claims. Compensation in employment law cases is more difficult to estimate as it is dependent on factors such as your wages and the particularities of your situation. In all types of cases, it is important to note that the ultimate quantum of damages is a decision for the court to make. As your lawyers, we can help by assessing your specific case and providing you with estimates.
How does the No Win No Fee agreement work?
If you win your case, there is a good chance the court will make an order for costs requiring your opponent to pay your costs. In such a situation, your opponent pays your legal costs and you pay nothing. If you lose your case, we agree to charge you nothing more. We understand that high legal fees are extremely prohibitive and often deter would-be claimants who have a strong case. Therefore, we are making an offer to absorb your risk of being saddled with payment of legal fees in the event of an unsuccessful claim.
How much will this cost me?
If one of our experts decides that you have a valid claim, we will offer you a No Win No Fee agreement, meaning you won’t pay a penny if your claim is unsuccessful. If you succeed in obtaining a settlement or making a claim, there is a high chance your opponent will be obliged to pay your legal costs. This is a win-win situation for you as far as legal costs are concerned because you will not find yourself in a situation where you are forced to pay legal costs for an unsuccessful claim.
Will I have to come to the office?
Will I have to fill out lots of forms?
Who will assess my claim?
Will I have to pay for a consultation?
Your initial chat with a solicitor is absolutely free -it will cost you nothing to find out if you have a claim. Our lawyers are approachable and easy to work with, so there is no reason to feel intimidated about making an appointment for your free first consultation?