Tips For Choosing The Best Personal Injury Solicitor For Your Case

We’ve all seen the adverts, haven’t we? It seems like every week there are more and more solicitors and law firms specialising in personal injury cases, doesn’t it? But while you have plenty of options when it comes to choosing a solicitor that comes with its own set of problems.

Having plenty of options is good but it can make choosing a solicitor difficult, especially when they are all claiming to be experts in personal injury cases. One common mistake many people make is they just go to the solicitor that is closest to them, but opting for the local choice isn’t always for the best.

And if you’ve been injured at work or on the road then your union or motoring agency will likely pick a solicitor to handle the legal matters for you. This might seem handy at first after all it saves you searching, doesn’t it? But did you ever consider that they might not be the best choice for your case?

Just because your union or agency selects them doesn’t mean you have to use their services, the injury happened to you, so you have the right to choose who handles your case. But this all comes back to the same problem, doesn’t it?

How exactly do you know who the best solicitor for your personal injury case is? Well, the best way to find out is to ask questions and do some research, yes this might be time-consuming, but it will ensure you have a solicitor you know can handle your case professionally. To help you ensure you make the right choice we asked Chris Stoy, a personal injury lawyer to outline some tips below.

Consider Your Injury

This might be a strange one but the type of injury you suffer will have a huge impact on the solicitor you should choose to take your case. While many solicitors claim to be personal injury experts when you take a closer look at them what they likely mean is that they specialise in a particular type of personal injury.

This could be accidents at work, traffic accidents or even criminal ones. Personal injuries come in many different forms so it’s important that you choose a solicitor who is actually experienced with cases similar to yours.

A solicitor might have a lot of experience dealing with personal injury claims due to accidents at work but if you have suffered a personal injury due to a traffic accident then are they going to be the best option for you? The answer is probably not, so don’t take any bold claims at face value and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Do You Research

This ties into my first point once you worked out a few options for solicitors that have experience with cases similar to yours you should carry out some more in-depth research. Take a look at their websites and see if there are any testimonials or reviews.

At the very least carry out a quick Google search and see what comes up, once you’ve narrowed down your options or think you’ve found the perfect match give them a ring and ask a few more questions. If you’re able to you could always ask to meet them face to face for an informal chat but speaking over the phone will do.

Ask questions about their experience and find out more about the cases they’ve dealt with in the past and what the outcome was. You might also want to ask if they can review your case to let you know what your chances of success will be.

When you’re searching for a solicitor to handle your compensation claim you need to be bold and ask questions. You should also ask for references if a solicitor is unwilling to give any then that is a big warning sign.

A personal injury can impact your finances in many ways and making a claim for compensation can not only help alleviate that, but it can also bring you a sense of justice, so you need to know the solicitor you choose will not only be able to handle your case but also get you the compensation you deserve.

Consider The Cost

The phrase “no win no fee” is a common sight when it comes to personal injury solicitors and the majority of them will offer it. But make sure you ask about it anyway just because many solicitors will work on a no win no fee basis doesn’t mean they all will so double-check to make sure they do.

While you don’t have to choose a solicitor, who will work on a no win no fee basis it’s highly recommended that you do. That way you are covered in case you lose, yes no one really likes to think about that, but it can happen.

But you also have to remember that you are aiming to win your case and therefore there will be a fee to pay, so you need to know exactly what the cost will be. Solicitors will usually take a percentage of your compensation in payment and this can vary widely so make sure you ask about the cost.

I Still Can’t Find Anyone What Do I Do?  

If you’ve gone through all my suggestions and still can’t find a solicitor who you think will be able to handle your case, then what should you do? Well, you could always try asking friends and family for their advice if they’ve gone through similar experiences they might be able to recommend a solicitor.

But if there’s no help there then you can always turn to the internet for help, most discussion forums and message boards will have a legal or advice section that can be a great help at pointing you in the right direction if you’re looking for a solicitor.

You could also consider using a Claims Management Company instead of going through the more traditional method of using a solicitor. Don’t feel like you have to rush though take your time and consider your options carefully that way you can ensure you get the best outcome possible for your compensation claim.

Moving-house hacks from organised people!

If you’ve moving house soon you might be dreading that day or two of packing, moving, losing things, flimsy boxes and misplaced keys.

It doesn’t matter how wonderful your new home is going to be – there’s a reason moving house is at the top of many people’s ‘most dreaded tasks’ list.

With that in mind, we’ve tracked down a few experts from Your Property Wizard which include a team of mortgage advisors in Glasgow  – and asked them to share some of their secrets to help the rest of us keep our sanity!

“Eat some of your packing!” – Andy from Birmingham

If you’ve got a couple of weeks before you move, you might want to try whittling the cupboard and freezer contents down so you’re not moving a ton of tins, frozen goods and the packets of cous-cous you keep promising to eat.

Make a big list of everything you’ve got and consider using a website like Supercook.com to create some recipes with the stuff you’ve got in the house. While there might be a few packs of lentils that don’t look appealing, there’ll hopefully be a couple of tubs of ice cream that it also makes sense to eat!

And if there’s anything you really can’t work into a recipe, consider giving it to your local foodbank to support people who are struggling in your area.

“Bin bag your clothes” – Susan from Glasgow

Don’t despair if you’ve just done a load of ironing – Susan’s tip doesn’t involve stuffing otherwise wearable clothes into bags – instead, it’s about channelling your inner dry-cleaner and using some polythene bags to cover everything.

You can buy professional clothes covers online – but if time and money are both tight, using large black bin bags is just as effective.

Open a bin bag, make a small hole at the bottom centre and slide it downwards over your clothes while they’re still on hangers. You can poke the hangers through the hole so they still hang up. What’s more, fastening a tie-wrap around the hangers gives a hand hold too!

You then don’t have to worry about clothes getting dirty or falling off their hangers – and you can hang them straight back up again at the other end!

Oh, and if you’ve got long coats or dresses – no problem, grab a roll of wheelie bin liners from the supermarket for extra length!

“Colour code your chargers and cables” – Eric from Newcastle

Life is increasingly electronic – which means it can be difficult to live without the masses of chargers than we use daily to charge our devices.

This can be a problem when you’re moving house – because if there’s one thing worse than a handful of tangled chargers, it’s not knowing what the cables are for or where they belong in the house!

Joking aside, it can actually be dangerous mixing up cables too – some devices (like laptops and power tools) draw a higher voltage through their cables – which can cause damage or fires if mistakenly plugged into something designed to take a lower current.

Grab some sticky labels and mark each of your chargers – if there’s a dozen that have come out of a teenager’s room – just mark them with a name, sometimes reassembling of X-boxes and Playstations is best left to the experts…

“Protect your bed!” – Gavin from Somerset

Moving-house is tiring work. When you eventually flop into bed at 1am the last thing you need is to be trying to clean dust and ‘back of the van’ muck off your mattress.

Rather than trying to clean, you can avoid the problem altogether by picking up a couple of cheap fitted sheets or mattress protectors.

When you’ve stripped your bedding, pull the sheets around both sides of your mattress and that’s it! You’re protected against all the bumps and brushes against the floors and walls your beloved bed will be making as you try to heave it out of the van and up some stairs…

“Stop the doors from closing behind you” – Jane from Cardiff

What’s worse than trying to juggle a flimsy cardboard box full of crockery? The answer? Trying to get it through a door that’s just clicked shut in front of you…

There are plenty of times when leaving a door open just doesn’t work – especially if you’ve got kids and pets you’d like to keep in the house. What’s more, doors often have self-closing or latch-locking mechanisms, which means they’ll click shut behind you, locking you out or making it hard to get back in.

Propping doors open with heavy bags can be dangerous – especially when you’re carrying boxes and can’t see where you’re going – so instead, just stop the door from full closing. You can do this by hanging a jacket or towel on the corner so it doesn’t click back into the frame – or even stretching a couple of elastic bands around the handles to stop the catch popping out.

There you go! Doors that keep the precious things in – but open with a well-placed shoulder or bottom push!

“Pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen” – Jon from Camden

If you can get into your house before you arrive with boxes, cleaning the bathroom and the kitchen can save a LOT of time compared to trying to set about them with a scrubbing brush when your stuff is in there.

Even when houses have been cleaned, people often like to make sure it’s up to their standard before they run themselves a bath or start preparing food.

Take the chance to do a thorough clean before you start stacking plates and filling cupboards.

“Mix breakables and clothes” – Shauna from Manchester

It’s almost inevitable that you’ll chip a glass, plate or cup when you’re moving – but you can almost totally eliminate those very heavy and fragile boxes by mixing breakables with soft clothing.

Why not half fill a case – before putting a few glasses or plates in there? Carry on packing clothes around it and you’re creating extra padding without needing to invest a huge rolls of bubble wrap!

Just remember that there are fragile items in there before you go tipping a pile of clothes out onto the floor to sort!