If you have been injured in an accident through no fault of your own, then you should seek out good legal advice with a solicitor. A solicitor will be able to help you establish your eligibility for compensation, as well as the strength of your claim. You will also be able to get answers to all your questions, such as how much compensation you can claim.
There are, of course, thousands of solicitors out there who specialise in personal injury law, who can help you with your claim. However, some solicitors are better than others, and some solicitors work for more established law firms. Ideally, you want a lawyer on your side who has processed several cases that are like your own, to maximise the chances of claim success, and to ensure that you get the maximum amount of compensation that is possible.
How to Find the Best Solicitor
You should always start your search with large, reputable law firms. Larger, national law firms have access to the best pool of talent, and the most experienced solicitors. In other words, it tends to be the case that the best injury claim solicitors work for them.
Law firms that have been operating for several years are a good bet, since they will have a reputation that can be researched. You should use Google, or another major search engine, to find out what has been and is being said about the law firm in question. Look out for any reviews and testimonials online, and discussions on forums related to personal injury, to see if any real users of their services have anything nice, or bad, to say about them. You might also like to request testimonials directly from each law firm you are interested in.
Solicitor Credentials to Consider
The solicitor you consider should have relevant case experience (that is, experience with processing claims like your own), and a high success rate. A solicitor’s ‘success rate’ is simply a percentage of the amount of cases they have won, and the higher the better. Anything over 80 per cent is considered excellent for an experienced personal injury lawyer.
In addition to this, the solicitor you contact should always be enrolled on the Solicitors Regulation Authority ‘roll of solicitors’, if they are practicing in England and Wales. You can check a solicitor’s credentials against this roll, with their ‘SRA ID Number’. We recommend that you do this, even if you have no cause for concern, since it offers peace of mind that the person you are talking to is qualified to process your personal injury claim. You can also check a law firm’s credentials with the SRA, for additional peace of mind.