We know that looking for a personal injury solicitor for your injury can be overwhelming – especially so soon after the incident. It might also be daunting to know just what to look for in a solicitor. Fortunately, there are several factors which could suggest a serious injury solicitor is a good fit for you…
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is a not-for-profit organisation providing lawyers with accreditations. There are four levels of APIL accreditation for individual lawyers, as well as specialist accreditations such as brain injury and asbestos disease. Our team is APIL accredited – including some specialists accreditations for asbestos disease and Senior Litigator. On their APIL pages you’ll find our solicitors specialties including, but not limited to, slips and trips, criminal injuries, road traffic collisions, accidents at work, armed forces, head, brain and spinal injuries and much more. All APIL members must maintain their accreditations too – they need to complete a certain amount of training each year and must confirm they meet all required standards every five years.
You should only choose a law firm that’s registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). It’s compulsory for all law firms too and they are obligated to follow a code of conduct. This includes requirements such as acting with integrity, acting in the best interests of the client, provide a proper standard of service and so on. Sometimes a law firm may be registered under another name – for example, we’re listed as BB Legal Limited. That’s why it’s usually a good idea to search for a law firm using their ID number. You can usually find this at the bottom of the company’s website or on a dedicated Legal Information page.
They’ll want to meet face-to-face
In some cases, depending on the severity of your injury, the solicitor will visit you in hospital. They can also meet you at your home or in a location that suits you. This is so we can determine what immediate rehabilitation services you need, as well as benefits and any other medical treatment. We want to make sure you’re getting all the help you need to make sure you make as full a recovery as possible.
They prioritise rehabilitation
If the serious injury solicitor takes on your case, they will prioritise their efforts on securing any immediate medication, rehabilitation or healthcare required. This also includes any benefits you may be eligible for, as well as payment for income missed due to your injury. Our Head of Serious Injury, Quentin Underhill, explained: “My aim is always to support my clients and their families from day one. This could be through effective rehabilitation and helping them recover any income lost because of their injury.”
Actively work with a variety of charities
So how can you tell a serious injury solicitor is involved in supporting charities? Any good law firm will be using social media to interact with charities, so it’s a good idea to take a look at the firm’s Twitter or Facebook pages to get a feel of how they support charities. For example, our serious injury solicitors offer advice at regular Head Injured People (HIP) in Cheshire law clinics, as well as raise money for amazing charities such as Headway, Roadpeace, Aftermath and ICUsteps.
Continuous training and development
A good serious injury lawyer will always strive to develop his or her skills and continuously expand their knowledge. Whether that’s attending a training session or keeping up to date with the latest medical technology, personal injury solicitors aim to learn as much as they can for the benefit of their clients. One of the biggest advantages of this is your lawyer will be able to source the exact rehabilitation you need, so you can live your life as closely as possible to how it was before your injury.
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