What Things Should I Ask My Claims Solicitor?

If you are thinking about making a claim or you are at the early stages of a claim (such as if you have made an appointment with your solicitor), then now’s the best time to think about what questions you would like to ask. The claims process is quite a complicated one, and a lot of people are happy to sign an agreement and have their solicitor handle everything all without knowing much about what is going on – and that’s fine. But some people do like to know more.

If that sounds like you, here’s four things you should ask your solicitor:

How strong is my claim?
The strength of your claim will determine the likelihood of your case being a success. Your personal injury solicitor, with all relevant evidence to hand, will be able to tell you whether or not it is easy to prove the other side liable and your solicitor will also disclose what - if any - obstructions may make the claims process for them trickier than usual.

How much can I claim for?
As the best company for accident claims would tell you, only an estimated pay-out can be provided to you. However, your solicitor will be able to give you a pretty good ballpark figure based on cases they have worked before. For example, minor whiplash claims usually have a pay-out of £1,000-£2,000. But moderate whiplash claims are double that at the very least. The amount of compensation you can claim depends on the extent of your injuries and your recovery period, as well as your prognosis for the future.

How long will it take?
The web is littered with information about how long the personal injury claims process takes. The truth is, like with your pay-out, only an estimated timeframe can be given to you by your solicitor. The length of time your claim will take really depends on the amount of work required to build you a strong case and whether or not the other side communicates with your solicitor in a respectable timeframe. However if all goes well, you could have your compensation in just 6-8 weeks. Some claims will take up to 12 months though.

What happens if my claim loses?
No win, no fee is fantastic because it gives everyone access to justice – if your claim wins, you don’t pay your solicitor’s fees out of your own pocket and if your claim loses, you don’t pay your own solicitor’s fees at all. However, you may still be liable for the other side’s costs if your claim loses and you need to be aware of that. Your solicitor will explain everything to you regarding this before you make a claim, but be sure to ask them if you are unsure.
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