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Accidents can happen and people are often injured as a result. Ideally, the person or organization who is at fault would agree to provide compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages and other impacts of the accident. However, the court system is filled with cases in which those who are at fault refuse to take responsibility. In such cases, hiring a personal injury solicitor is the most effective way to ensure compensation is awarded and received.
In this article, Stu Foster, describes working with a legal professional who has experience in personal injury cases. He explains how fees are usually handled and factors you should consider before hiring a solicitor.
Personal injury lawyers will typically work on a contingent fee model. That is, they agree to represent you with the understanding that their compensation is based upon your winning the case. If you don't win, they don't receive payment for their services. It's important to note that there is a distinction between fees for your solicitors' services and the miscellaneous expenses that emerge from a case. You will be responsible for some of these expenses while your solicitor will seek remuneration from your opponent (assuming you win) for other expenses.
There are many types of personal injury cases and each can have inherently unique issues that influence the outcome. Cases involving assault are different than those involving car accidents. Injuries sustained from a dog attack are worlds apart from the damage inflicted by faulty products. Not every personal injury solicitor will be qualified for every case. You should ask your solicitor about their specialties.
Also, try to determine if the attorney you're considering has trial experience. While you hope that you can settle your case out of court (it's quicker and more cost-efficient), some cases will go to trial. Many personal injury lawyers are inexperienced in court. What's worse, they may be ineffective, having never secured a victory.
Asking relevant questions can be valuable in choosing the right personal injury solicitor for your case. In addition to finding out more about their specialties and experience, try to determine how they work with clients.
Ask your attorney how long it will take him to return your phone calls. Inquire about any disciplinary actions taken against him in the past. Also, find out whether another solicitor will be working on your case.
Most people neglect to ask such questions because they feel intimidated by the solicitor. Remember, your primary goal is to pursue compensation for the injury you've sustained. You need to identify which lawyer is best-suited to help you do that. Getting the answers to these questions (and others) is the best way to identify a personal injury solicitor who has the experience and talent to properly represent you.