According to statistics, over three million people per year are the victim of personal injury. These injuries are sustained at work, in the car, at home – and often the victim has no fault in it. If this has happened to you, you may be able to seek compensation and make a personal injury claim. If you have been injured through no fault of your own and a third party is legally at fault, then it would be silly not to.
Still, many people hesitate in taking legal steps either because they are afraid of the consequences, because they don’t understand how the procedure works, or because they don’t know how to go about it. If you have the same inclination, then this one’s for you. Here’s how a solicitor can really help you with a personal injury claim: their role.
Getting a solicitor
Because personal injury can take many shapes and forms and because each case is different, it’s important to consult a solicitor – a legal professional experienced in personal injury who can give you advice on what exactly needs to be done and which steps should be taken. Often, solicitors will work for a minimum fee, or even on a No Win, No Fee basis, so you have very little to lose and a lot to gain.
The first steps
The first step would be to write a letter to the person or the organisation responsible for the personal injury – the defendant. This letter will explain the details of the accident, and what is requested of them. This may or may not lead to a settlement; in either case, it is important that this step is done as soon as possible.
Your claim should be supported by evidence. If you have burns from laser hair removal, for example, you should take photographs of the injury as proof. The defendant has the duty to reply to this claim within a certain period of time. If they accept liability, the matter could be settled outside of court; if not, legal action may be instigated.
This is the most convenient possibility – in this case, things are settled outside of court.
Going to court
If the defendant denies liability, your solicitor will advise you on whether or not – and how – to take legal action.
Finding the right solicitor to help you with your claim is important – you need a solicitor who has experience with personal injury claims, as a solicitor with those skills and that kind of experience understands all the necessary steps and can explain to you what to expect. By taking advantage of a specialist, you are assured that your odds of success have dramatically increased. If you have ever been a victim of a personal injury through no fault of your own, never hesitate to seek professional assistance – you deserve it.