Whilst there is no legal requirement to instruct a solicitor to handle your claim, there are a number of factors which can affect the success of your case and the amount of compensation you are awarded which you would need to consider before making a compensation claim without the help of a solicitor.
If you do not have a solicitor representing you and you pursue the claim yourself how will you know legally what arguments to put forward if liability is denied or if any offer is proposed to you, how will you know if it is reasonable.
Questions that you might be thinking of when deciding how to choose a solicitor that’s right for you:
What type of law firm should I choose?
It will benefit you to choose a firm that specialises in personal injury as they will have the experience and expertise in pursuing these claims that general law firms may not have.
How do I know if they specialise in personal injury?
A good way to find out more is by searching for an accredited specialist using the Law Society website or the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers which lists all firms who specialise in personal injury. If your injuries were as a result of a road traffic accident, then you could also visit the MASS website, who have details of accredited specialist solicitors.
How can I carry out some research on law firms?
Look on the internet and consider reviews on websites such as Google and Trustpilot. Look on a firm’s website for feedback that has been left by clients they have represented. You can have a look at individual profiles within a team to see what experience they have as you want to instruct someone you are comfortable with and has the relevant experience.
Should I instruct solicitors that someone has recommended to me?
Ask the person who has recommended you what their experience was like, what did they like or dislike about the firm they had instructed to represent them. You can then use this information when you are making the choice of who to instruct.
Should I instruct solicitors who is local to me?
Not necessarily, a specialist law firm is more important than instructing a firm that is down the road from where you live.
Here at Stephensons our personal injury specialists have many years of experience handling all types of injury claims. Call us now on 0175 321 6399.