Personal injury solicitors can help you secure compensation for injuries suffered due to the negligence of another person or organisation. A problem faced by many people is that they do not understand the personal injury compensation process. Below are some questions that you should ask your personal injury solicitor when filing a compensation claim. Hopefully, they will increase your understanding of the compensation process.
1. Does The Case Meet The Required Threshold?
To qualify for compensation, you must prove that the other party is responsible for your injuries. As such, you likely cannot claim compensation if you decided to operate a workplace machine while drunk, and a person who gets injured while committing a crime typically cannot ask for compensation.
2. How Much Will You Claim?
Several factors will determine the value of your claim. They include the following.
- The extent of your injuries. For example, a person who suffered a disability, amputation, or brain injury will receive more than a person who suffered a fracture.
- The amount you need to treat the injury.
- Since the solicitor will claim for lost wages, you will receive more compensation if you earn a high income.
- The need for rehabilitation. For example, if you suffered an amputation, you may need rehabilitation to acquire another skill.
- Whether or not the lawyer will claim for pain and suffering.
3. How Long Will The Process Take?
The truth is that most compensation claims take some time. In many cases, the insurance company will make strategic delays to compel you to accept a lower offer. In other cases, the other party is unwilling to cooperate during negotiations. In this case, the lawyer will file for compensation in court. A court process can be quite lengthy.
4. What Are The Client's Responsibilities?
Knowing your responsibilities will prevent conflict with your lawyer. You should provide your lawyer with factual information. This prevents them from getting blindsided in court. Moreover, the lawyer expects you to seek their advice before accepting compensation from the other party.
5. How Much Will They Charge?
Most compensation lawyers are reasonably priced. Some will offer a no-win-no-fee arrangement that prevents you from incurring any legal expense until the completion of your case. The primary benefit of a no-win-no-fee arrangement is that the lawyer has a stake in the case's outcome. Therefore, they are likely to offer high-quality services.
You now have a comprehensive understanding of the compensation process. It is imperative that you deal with an experienced and reputable personal injury lawyer. It is a sure way to improve the outcome of your case.