When you’ve been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you want to make sure that your case runs as smoothly as possible. There are several ways in which you can help your solicitor to build a solid case – making the claim less stressful and more likely to succeed.
Before you approach a solicitor, it is a good idea to do some research online as to whether you actually have a claim. Otherwise you risk wasting both your and your solicitor’s time. Websites such as DirectGov have a plethora of information about personal injury claims including when you might be able to make a claim, how long you have and what you will need.
By having a good idea of the process before you start, it will make it much less daunting. If you know other people who have been through the personal injury process, ask them how they found it.
Evidence & Details
Think about what evidence you have against the defendant. If it was a car accident, are there pictures of the damage done to the car? Do you have copies of your doctor’s reports? You may also need to show receipts for any costs incurred as a direct result of the injury such a travel expenses.
Many solicitors offer a free initial meeting for new clients, so make the most of this meeting by asking exactly what they need from you.
No Win No Fee
A no win no fee arrangement can be very beneficial for all parties. If a solicitor agrees to take on your case under a no win no fee agreement, it shows that they have faith that the case will succeed, otherwise they could end up spending a long time on an unsuccessful case – resulting in them getting less money that they would have earned otherwise. The laws have recently changed regarding no win no fee to make it easier for the plaintiff to keep more of the money after the case. Speak to your solicitor about which form of payment is correct for you.
About the Author:
Gordon Dean is the owner of Gordon Dean Solicitors in Norfolk.