What do accident injury solicitors do?

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Carrie Tennick, March 16, 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 claim for compensation, an accident injury solicitor will be able to help you work it out.

So what else do accident injury solicitors do?

Evaluate your case

After you’ve had an accident, your solicitor will discuss your case with you, establishing the facts. 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, your accident injury solicitor 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 inform you of the laws and regulations around employers’ obligations 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, your accident injury solicitor 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.

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. Mrs S is just one client whose solicitor helped her get physiotherapy when she suffered a road traffic accident that wasn’t her 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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