7 Questions You Must Ask Before Selecting Your Accidents At Work Solicitor

If you are considering making a claim for work accident compensation, what questions do you need to ask to ensure that you find the right solicitor to help you with your accident claim? This article looks at the seven most important questions that you need answered!

1. How Much Will Making A Work Accident Claim Cost You?

This is usually the most important question for anyone making a claim for compensation. If you have been injured in an accident at work you may still not be fit to work and therefore are already out of pocket. At that point you do not need to have to pay legal costs on top of everything else, so you must ensure that you find a solicitor who is prepared to represent you without you having to incur any legal costs.

This can be achieved either by making a claim under a legal expenses insurance policy, or by ensuring that your solicitor can help you under a ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement. If your solicitor offers to help you under this type of agreement, make sure that question two below is also answered positively.

2. If I Win My Claim How Much Of My Compensation Will I Keep?

Most specialist accident at work solicitors should now be able to confirm to you that if you win your claim for compensation you should be able to keep 100% of the compensation awarded to you. If they advise you that you have to pay an administration fee or that you need to pay some of their legal costs you should speak to another accident at work solicitor.

3. What Accident At Work Experience Does Your Solicitor Have?

It is rare that people are injured at work, so when you are you want to be sure that the solicitor you are asking to help you has experience of work accident claims. You can find out their level of experience by asking some basic questions such as::

  • Do you specialise in accident at work claims?
  • How long have you been dealing with these types of claims?
  • How many workplace accident claims have you handled in this time (approximately)?
  • How many work accident claims have you won?
  • Have you taken many claims to a final court hearing?

If they provide you with answers that give you confidence in their ability then you are safe to proceed to the next question.

4. How Long Will Your Claim Take?

It is important that you know at the outset of your claim how long it is likely to take. An average claim can take anything from six months to two years but it very much depends on the extent of your injuries and the nature of the accident. You are not looking for a solicitor that promises you unrealistic dates when you can expect settlement, but one that explains to you the work accident claims process in sufficient detail to provide you with confidence in them.

5. Will Treatment Be Available For You?

Whilst you expect your solicitor to fully understand the legal aspects of a claim, it is also important that they look after the physical elements of your claim. If you have suffered a serious injury you may well need further treatment. A competent work accident claim solicitor should have the connections to be able to arrange this treatment privately for you, recovering the costs as part of your compensation claim.

6. How Will You Make Contact With Your Solicitor?

Due to the fact that most accident claims take many months to settle, you need to be confident that your solicitor will make it easy to communicate with you. Do they provide you with a telephone number as well as their email address? Do they inform you when you can expect a response to any letters or telephone calls and are the response times satsifactory?

7. Prospects Of Success

Finally, how highly do they rate the prospects of you making a successful claim for compensation? Do they think you have a good claim or are there potential difficulties? You need to know so that you can prepare yourself for every eventuality.

Conclusion

If you are happy with the answers you receive to the questions above you can be reasonably confident that you have found a solicitor that is capable of helping you with all of your needs.

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