5 questions you need to ask you injury lawyer

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The personal injury claims process is a time-consuming and complex one, however your injury lawyer will take care of the entire process for you to minimalise your involvement and give you as much time as possible to recover.

So that you understand what’s happening during the claims process, however, it’s worth asking your injury solicitor the following five things:
  • Do you need anything from me?
    Although evidence collection will be taken care of by your solicitor, your solicitor will undoubtedly need some pay slips and receipts if you are making a claim for special damages (out of pocket expenses and loss of earnings). In addition to this, your injury lawyer will need you to sign a consent form giving them access to your medical records. Be sure to ask your lawyer if they need anything from you to speed up the claims process.
  • How long will my claim take to process?
    As your solicitor will likely tell you, the length of time it will take to process your claim depends on the complexity of your case and the efficiency of the other side. However, your lawyer will be able to give you an estimate based on past cases they have worked. Generally speaking, most accident claims can be processed in as little as 6-8 weeks however more complex cases can take several months, so always stay realistic throughout the process.
  • What is no win, no fee?
    You will sign a conditional fee agreement (no win, no fee agreement) before your claim proceeds, but do you actually know what one is? Your solicitor should tell you about the pros and cons of such agreements to help you make the right decision moving forward.
  • How much can I claim?
    The amount you can claim for your accident depends very much on the extent of your injuries and how they have affected your life. While your solicitor will be able to give you an estimated pay-out based on past cases right away, they will be able to give you a more accurate one after your interview and medical examination. So ask your solicitor how much you can claim after you have attended these to get a good pay-out estimate.
  • Is my claim strong?The strength of your claim depends on the findings of your medical examination and the level of evidence available to support your claim. For most people, the strength of their case is not something they worry about because it’s simply a case of ‘win or lose’. If you want to know more, ask your solicitor. They will discuss with you the strengths and weaknesses of your claim and who knows, you might even be able to help strengthen your claim.

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