When you suffer an injury – whether it occurs at home, on your daily commute, in your workplace or even when you are out having fun with friends – it’s useful to know if you are eligible to make a claim for compensation. The truth of the matter is that without the help of a qualified personal injury solicitor it can be quite difficult to find out if you can pursue this legal action and if in the long term, it will be worth the time and effort for you to go through the whole legal process.
Experienced personal injury solicitors will be able to give you the information, advice and assistance that you need. You will receive an assessment with regards to your chances of winning a potential personal injury case and will be given an approximation of the value of your potential claim. It must however be remembered that the accuracy of the assessment will only be as good as the information that is provided.
Each incident possesses its own unique set of circumstances and facts. The issue of determining in advance whether a specific case will succeed is very subjective. The ability of an accident solicitor to swiftly and accurately determine if a claim for personal injury compensation will succeed depends on that personal injury solicitors’ ability and experience as much as the facts of the case. You should contact a solicitor who is best qualified to help you rather than the hit and miss method of dropping in on your local high street solicitor who may or may not have the requisite experience and expertise. There are many law firms that specialise in the field of personal injury compensation claims that do nothing else.
If you instruct a specialist personal injury lawyer to deal with your claim, you will be certain that you are receiving high quality legal representation. Most specialist solicitors are members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts and are experts in their field. They are often also members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers which is an independent organisation providing accreditation for lawyers specialising in personal injury law.
There are two main categories of damages that personal injury solicitors can claim in the courts – known as general damages and special damages.
General damages covers unspecific types of loss. These tend to be difficult to quantify as they are subjective issues which include physical or psychological pain caused as a result of an injury. General damages also covers ‘loss of amenity’ which is a term used to describe a reduction of quality of life.
Special damages are a little easier for a UK accident solicitor to work out and include :-
Loss of earnings, to date or predicted for the future.
Expenses resulting from medical bills and therapy for problems.
Specific damage to personal property.
Expenses relating to special care or equipment related to care.
Costs relating to loss or repair of a vehicle and necessary car hire or travel expenses.
Expenses relating to accommodation.
Seeking free legal advice from understanding professionals should be your next step. Time is unfortunately of the essence when it comes to claims for personal injury. In the United Kingdom, most claims made for compensation of this type are settled out of the courts – making everything much easier.