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How do I know if my personal injury is worth claiming for?

May 16, 2013

If you’ve suffered a personal injury, either at work or as you go about your daily duties, the likelihood is that making a claim is the last thing on your mind.

To dissuade you from making a claim even more, the whole personal injury sector has taken a bit of a knock in the press, of late.

The terms ‘ambulance chasers’ and ‘whiplash injury’ have been banded about so readily that the tables have turned somewhat on the industry that gave rise to them. Lamb and Co do not work with ‘middle men’ and do not accept any referrals of business. All clients that come to the firm are recommended to us directly or are attracted to us by our ethical marketing.

None of this alters the fact that, if you have a genuine grievance against someone who has unlawfully or through negligence caused you harm, they need to be held accountable for their actions.

Getting just compensation for your personal injury

If the injury has meant you’ve had to receive medical treatment and there’s obvious blame on another party’s part, the chances are you’re entitled to at least some compensation.

Due to the recent implementation of new reform laws governing compensation fees, it will more than likely transpire that your solicitor will deduct a fee if the claim is settled which will equate to no more than 25% of the damages awarded. This fee is deducted due to the fact that the recoverable fees payable by the losing party are extremely low.

Some Firm’s may seek to work on your case without a deduction although it is clear to us that the caliber of staff who would be working on the cases would be extremely low. Here at Lamb and Co, we only ever have properly legally qualified staff acting on behalf of our clients to ensure that your compensation claim is maximised to the highest possible level.

However, the no win no fee caveat should is still available in each case accepted.

If the solicitor you approach is prepared to take on your case, it’s still worth pursuing.Not only for the compensation that you’ll receive (minus the small fee), but also as a warning to the individual or business that caused you injury to brush up their act.

The next time their actions may cause a fatality and no one wants that on their conscience.

What are the criteria for a solicitor accepting my claim?

It’s not unheard of, but if a personal injury solicitor accepts your case they have a profound belief that you’re entitled to some degree of compensation.

It wouldn’t make sense for them to take on your case otherwise.

Even though the course of action may not be apparent to you, they’ll have a way of proving that you were the unnecessary victim of negligence by the perpetrator of your injury.

What should I know before approaching a personal injury solicitor?

One of the first questions they’ll ask is: when did the accident occur?

If that date’s within 3 years of you staking your claim, then you’re good to go.

If you’re below the age of 18 at the time of the injury, there are overriding rules that mean you can have someone fight your case on your behalf.

Circumstances do differ. The only way you can be genuinely certain that your injury is claim-worthy is to contact a reputable personal injury solicitor.

Most offer a free consultation. If you’ve not got all of the details to hand, don’t worry. They’ll prepare you to gather as much information as you can to support your claim.

  • Was there CCTV in operation?
  • If it’s a personal injury at work, has it happened before?
  • Does your company have a healthy reputation or are they prone to accidents?
  • Are there witnesses to the accident?

These are just a handful of questions you may be asked. To understand fully how to start your compensation claim, why not request a call back from one of our personal injury solicitors in total confidence today?