In what I hope to become a monthly feature, I am allowing legal and law firms from around the World submit their own content to the BNBWG blog – as long as it’s of a high quality and is something that I personally believe my readers would be interested in.
Today I am honoured to have James Barnett of Personal Injury Solicitors Leicester (visit their website) giving us his views on how UK citizens can make sure that they are choosing the right personal injury lawyer for them.
Choosing the Right Personal Injury Solicitor For You
Many people find themselves facing the idea of filing a personal injury claim at least once in their life. Personal injury claims can be the result of many different accidents which result from a third party’s actions or negligence; the most common types of personal injury claims are caused by car accidents (such as this on our Leicester Claims Website), negligence in places of business, and defective products.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
When someone files a personal injury claim against a person, an insurance company, a business or another third party, they are attempting to seek monetary compensation for their injury.
Most personal injury claims are filed due to medical bills caused by injuries or for lost wages – and even lost jobs – due to injuries making it impossible to work. Although there are many people who are perfectly within reason to file a claim, businesses, insurances and other parties will almost always fight the claim or try to minimize the compensation by tricking the person who needs compensation.
Don’t Be Tricked Into Compensation Promises
One of the best ways to avoid being tricked and to actually receive the compensation you are owed is to seek the help of an experienced personal injury solicitor. Personal injury solicitors are experienced and knowledgable in the area of personal injury claims, and will have all of the skills necessary to help you win your case.
Seek Out Experience
If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer, one of the most key aspects you should look for is experience. Experience doesn’t always mean that someone will be good at something—but in the case of personal injury claims, experience is infinitely helpful because of how complex these types of claims really are.
Someone with experience may have already handled a similar case, or knows someone who did, or knows where to find the right information that will help them get on the right track. Just because a solicitor is listed on Yelp or the Yellow Pages it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are good.
This is especially true if your claim is complicated or requires more extensive knowledge that a new personal injury solicitor might not necessarily have handled before, such as needing to know what state to file your claim in.
For example, if you slipped on a wet floor in a business, your claim would be filed in that business’s district. But let’s say your injury was caused by a faulty or defective product purchased from the store. Your first instinct might be to file a claim against that store—but the more legal route would be to file a claim in the home state where the item was manufactured, since they were directly responsible for the defect.
Employ Those With an Excellent Reputation
Another key factor to look for when choosing a personal injury solicitor is reputation or, to put it more plainly, reviews of their services. Ask around town to see if anyone has used the lawyer before, or research them online to see if any past clients have anything positive—or negative—to say. It is sometimes better to go right to the source—in this case, former clients—and ask about how professional, experienced and knowledgably the solicitor was than to simply pick a lawyer and hope for the best.
About the Author: James Barnett is the owner and operator behind the Personal Injury Solicitors Leicester website and has over a decade of experience in helping people in Leicestershire claim for personal injury compensation.