When you make a personal injury claim, it is essential that you choose a lawyer who is qualified to process your claim. The lawyer you choose should also be a good communicator and should work for a reputable law firm.
It goes without saying, that not all personal injury lawyers are equal. While they all practice law, some are better at their job than others. In addition to this, personal injury lawyers tend to specialise in a specific area of the law. For example, a solicitor might specialise in injury claims that involve road traffic accidents; or, they might specialise in accidents in the workplace. And so, the best compensation solicitor for your claim is always the lawyer with relevant case experience, or the lawyer who specialises in your type of accident.
Additional Things to Look Out for in a Lawyer
In addition to reviewing the case experience of solicitors for injuries, to assess whether they are qualified to process your claim, it is also essential that you find out how many cases that the lawyer has won, or what percentage of cases they have won. All personal injury solicitors have a ‘success rate’, which you should ask for.
The ‘success rate’ is a percentage of the amount of cases a solicitor has won. Obviously, the higher the percentage, the better. Anything over 80 per cent is considered excellent for a personal injury lawyer, however, most good lawyers have a success rate above 90 per cent. It is also possible to find lawyers with a success rate of 100 per cent.
Always Consider the Law Firm That the Lawyer Works For
In addition to the credentials of the lawyer, you should also research a little deeper into the law firm that they work for. How long have they been operating? Do they have good reviews online? What are people saying about them on social media? These should be questions you look for answers for, since they will help you to determine whether the law firm is qualified to process your claim, and what level of customer service you can expect.
Lastly, do not be afraid to ask the lawyer or law firm you contact for their regulation credentials. In England and Wales, law firms must be regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and lawyers must be enrolled on the Solicitors Regulation Authority ‘roll of solicitors’. You can check the credentials of a law firm or lawyer with the SRA, to find out if they are who they say they are, and whether they are legitimate. You should avoid any law firm or lawyer who cannot provide these credentials, since they may be illegitimate.