Thursday, 3 May 2012

The magnificent seven! Top tips on choosing an accident claims solicitor

If you have never needed to use a lawyer before, you may not know where to start when you have to look for one. In the aftermath of an accident, you may quite rightly be preoccupied with how much pain you are in.  So what factors may you wish to take into account when you decide which solicitor to choose? The following points may help:
  1. your initial call. As the saying goes, you do not get a second chance to make a first impression. Neither should your claims lawyer! At Bentley Accident Claims you speak to a qualified solicitor from the very beginning, rather than being fielded by a call centre as faceless claims companies tend to do;
  2. how personable the lawyer is. Is this person easy to talk to? Depending on the nature of your injury, you may be divulging pretty personal medical information;
  3. the teams’ experience. A lot of money may be at stake, so you may wish to check that your lawyer has plenty of experience in the field of accident claims. Why not ask the question on the phone? Any lawyer with plenty of success stories should be pleased to tell them;
  4. the fee structure on offer. Is there a genuine “no win no fee” deal on the table where you do not bear any risk or have to put any monies up front? There are many variations of the no win no fee model, and you may wish to make sure that yours is a pure one – where you never have to put your hand in your pocket;
  5. the level of client service on offer. Does the lawyer or firm give an idea about when you may expect to hear from them next? When deciding which accident claims solicitor to choose, this may be an important factor because there is nothing worse than being left dangling without knowing what is going on;
  6. whether the claims firm uses plain English. There is lots of jargon involved in law and the legal process. Accident compensation claims may be no exception. You may appreciate a solicitor who can “translate” it into normal language that you can understand; and finally
  7. does the lawyer come across as a robust negotiator? If your injury is a serious one, this may be your chance to secure a financial settlement that may give your family financial security. This may be the most important factor to take into account when you decide which accident claims solicitor to employ.