Understand Personal Injury Solicitors

If you’ve been injured under circumstances that weren’t your fault, one of the first things you should do is find an injury solicitor to see if you have grounds for compensation. Negligent drivers, employers, medical professional and property owners should pay for any damage they’ve caused you, but in most cases, it’s a mistake to try to pursuit phe re

What is the difference between a personal injury solicitor and a personal injury lawyer? Actually, they’re the same, except that “solicitor” is more commonly used in the UK, and “lawyer” is more common in the US. There are, however, differences in how they’re compensated, particularly on no win no fee claims.Checkout mark tiernan personal injury solicitors for more info.

In both the US and the UK, a no win no fee compensation claim waives any up-front fee to the client, who doesn’t pay the solicitor any fee if the case is lost. If the case is won, or concludes in a favorable settlement American lawyers are paid with a contingency fee, while English solicitors are paid with an uplift.

A contingency fee is a percentage of the award or settlement: 10% to 25% if settled before the trial, 25% to 30% if settled during the trial, and 30% to 40% in the case of a favorable judgment. An uplift is the deferred fee plus a bonus of up to 100% of that fee. English solicitors aren’t legally permitted to work on a contingency basis, so uplifts are the norm.

Review and discuss your retainer agreement with your solicitor before you sign it. It’s possible that, even in a so-called, “no win no fee” claim, you might be charged for expenses, like expert witnesses, in the event that you lose-even though you’re not technically charged for the solicitor’s services. In many jurisdictions, you may have to pay for your opponent’s legal fees, which is an expense not covered in most “no fee” agreements. Again, clarify the terms of your agreement with your solicitor before cementing the relationship.

The most common accident claims for which injury solicitors are used are car accidents, workplace accidents, and malpractice cases; but there are other grounds for personal injury that should be considered if applicable: premises liability (poorly maintained facilities resulting in an accident), product liability (such as food poisoning, or poorly designed machinery that cuts or burns its operator), sports injuries, and so on.

Not all injury claims warrant a specialist in a particular domain of personal injury, but medical malpractice suits really do call for a specialist. A specialist usually has access to better expert witnesses, and has the experience required to know which party to sue-which might be the doctor, but could just as easily be the HMO that denied coverage for a procedure the doctor recommended. Malpractice and wrongful death claims are extremely complex, expensive and time consuming. An experienced personal injury solicitor can save an enormous amount of time and money, not to mention recover it.