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What Are Personal Injury Lawyers?

Dec 3, 2011
Personal injury lawyers can help you claim compensation if you've suffered an injury which wasn't your fault. Read on to find out how.

What is a personal injury claim?

When you suffer an injury, there can be some serious repercussions. You might be in pain, you may need to take time off work to recover and there might also be some medical expenses to pay. If your accident was the fault of someone else, you are entitled to claim money back from them for various costs and inconveniences with a personal injury claim.

How can a personal injury lawyer help?

Personal injury lawyers are employed by members of the public who have suffered an injury which wasn't their fault. The lawyer represents the claimant and put their case forward. They will be able to sort out paperwork and negotiate with the other side on the injured person's behalf. A personal injury lawyer will always work to win the compensation from the other side which will help with any losses, financial or otherwise, the injured person has suffered because of their injury.

How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?

As with the majority of legal matters, personal injury lawyers do incur a cost. However, thanks to the no win no fee system of personal injury claims in the UK, a person claiming compensation for their injury will not usually have to pay a single penny in fees or costs. The personal injury lawyer will be paid if the case is won, but this expense will be claimed from the other side. If the case is unsuccessful, the lawyer will not be paid for their work. As a result, it is possible for injured parties to claim compensation from the person or organisation at fault without any costs to themselves.

How can I find a personal injury lawyer?

There are many law firms offering personal injury services in the UK. However, if you are not knowledgeable about how to make a compensation claim, another way to find representation for your case is to go through a claims management company. They will be able to recommend a suitable personal injury lawyer in your area who will be able to represent your case. A good quality claims company can also help you to understand the process of claiming and give you an idea of whether you will be eligible to claim.

Will I have to go to court?

Some people are concerned about the possibility of having to go through the intimidating experience of giving evidence in court, and some compensation claims do end up with a court case. However, in the vast majority of cases, the other side will be keen to settle before this happens. This is because any costs incurred during the case will be theirs to pay if your claim is successful. It is therefore in their interests to prevent a costly court case from happening by settling out of court.

What about all the paperwork?

Another concern people have when considering claiming is the idea of filling in lots of paperwork. Again, this need not be a concern, as the majority of paperwork will be sorted out by your personal injury lawyer on your behalf.
About the Author
National Accident Helpline has a network of specialist personal injury lawyers all over the UK. The company has been helping members of the public make successful compensation claims for over 17 years.
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