For personal injury matters there are thousands of solicitors out there to choose from, but like all trades, there are solicitors who are better than others. Sifting through the average to find the excellent is not always easy, but there are ways to choose the best lawyers for you.
Ask about experience and track records
Not all solicitors handle personal injury claims and even in the personal injury profession there are solicitors who specialise in particular cases, such as road traffic accidents.
You want to get an idea of the specialisms of the solicitors you speak with so that you can ascertain their qualification and suitability to work you case. Key questions to ask include:
- How long have you been practicing personal injury law?
- How many cases have you worked that are similar to my own?
- What is your success rate (the percentage of the amount of cases you have won)?
With these three questions, you should be able to get a clearer idea of how suitable a solicitor is to handle your case. It’s also worthwhile asking about how many of their cases have made it to court, and how comfortable they are will processing such personal injury claims. This way, you can ascertain whether they are the best lawyers for you.
Ask about lawyer availability
Your involvement in the personal injury claims process will be minimal. At the most, you will attend an interview with your solicitor and attend a medical examination. However, it is still nice to know that your solicitor will be available to speak to you when you like. In fact, one of the most common complaints law firms receive is regarding a lack of lawyer availability.
Of course, lawyers are busy people – they work several cases at a time. However, most lawyers have a team of people around them or at the very least a secretary or personal assistant who can relay messages. This is standard across the personal injury profession and having access to a team all but ensures your questions will be addressed quickly.
Evaluate the law firm – not just the lawyer
Most lawyers practice as part of a law firm. For example at UK Claim Lawyers, our solicitors practice under our name. To ensure that you choose the best lawyers for you, you should also evaluate the law firm and their practices.
Online search engines are a valuable tool for checking out law firm reputations. Lots of bad reviews obviously indicate that a law firm doesn’t offer a particularly good service.
Talk to the top lawyers for you and your claim today
At UK Claim Lawyers we only work with the best solicitors and we will always assign your case to the best person for the job. To speak with an experienced and compassionate claims advisor about your case, simply call us on Freephone 0800 157 1438 today.