Accident injury solicitors: How do they help?

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Carrie Tennick, July 30, 2020

Having an accident is a horrible moment. You don’t expect it, so you have to deal with the shock, as well as the pain you’re likely experiencing.

It’s in situations like these when you might think about taking legal action against those responsible for the accident. But you might not know if this is a viable option.

When you don’t know if you have a personal injury claim for compensation, accident injury solicitors can be exactly who you need to get you back on your feet.

So how can accident injury solicitors help you?

Evaluate your claim

After you’ve had an accident, your solicitor will discuss your case with you, ensuring they understand the facts around what happened. They’ll then let you know whether you have a potential claim.

You’ll have an initial discussion with them about what happened to you. They’ll use this conversation to work out who was responsible for your accident and whether there is a realistic chance of holding them accountable.

You’ll have the chance to ask any questions, so you might want to put together a list of questions you might have before you speak to your accident lawyer.

Explain your rights

As part of the initial process, accident injury solicitors will explain your rights to you. What they discuss with you will depend on the type of injury you suffered.

For example, if you suffered an accident at work, your solicitor will typically make sure you understand that your employer has an obligation to ensure the health and safety of workers.

They will also advise you of your options and what the best course of action for you is. This will depend on your specific injury, when it happened, how serious it was and what the resulting effects for you were.

Investigate your case

Once they have agreed to represent you, accident injury solicitors will then begin the investigation into your case. They’ll get hold of your medical records and write to anyone you name as a witness to your accident.

They will also contact the person or organisation responsible for your accident and request more information and evidence. They’ll likely make an appointment for you with a medical expert, who can then provide them with information on how severely you have been injured. This will help form their evidence.

Present your case

Once your solicitor has put together the evidence and information relating to your case, they will then present it to the party you are claiming against. In most cases, this will be the insurer of the responsible party – whether that’s another driver in a road traffic accident claim or a shop owner in a slip, trip or fall claim.

It’s then up to the responsible party and their insurer to respond. They will have to either accept or deny liability and this decision will then result in your solicitor’s next step.

If they deny responsibility, your solicitor will consult with you and you will together decide what to do. But if the other party accepts that they caused your injury, your solicitor will work to get you the compensation you’re entitled to.

Negotiate with insurers

Your accident injury solicitor will then negotiate with the insurer of the organisation responsible for your accident. This is the most important thing that they do. During their negotiations, they will present evidence to the insurer that proves how your injury could have been avoided if not for the negligence of the organisation they insure.

If the insurer makes a compensation offer that your solicitor thinks is too low, they will inform you of this. They will be honest about their expectation that you could be entitled to more.

They will then go back to the insurer and continue negotiating for you to get the maximum compensation possible. Remember that once you have agreed on a compensation amount, you won’t be able to go back and get any more. Settling for less than you deserve will be a big mistake.

Offer you healthcare

If your accident caused an injury that requires ongoing or extensive treatment – such as physiotherapy or dental care – your solicitor may be able to help you obtain it. This will help you on the road to recovery, helping you feel better as soon as possible.

Mr Dunbar is just one client whose solicitor helped him get physiotherapy, as well as compensation, when he suffered a road traffic accident that wasn’t his fault.

So when you’ve been injured, the best thing to do is have an accident injury solicitor represent you. To find out how First4Lawyers can introduce you to a qualified and experienced solicitor, simply request a call back, give us a call or start your claim online.

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