Choosing a compensation lawyer is a critical decision, as the wrong lawyer may not get you the maximum compensation that you are entitled to. You will only have one chance to make a claim for compensation, and it is important that you entrust the right lawyer to represent you during this process. Read on to find out more about the 10 questions you should always ask your compensation lawyer before deciding who to go with.
1. On the facts of my case, do I have a potential compensation claim?
Any lawyer should know on the facts of a client’s case whether it is likely that the client has grounds for a compensation claim. It is important that this question is answered so your time is not wasted whilst attempting to pursue a case in the wrong area of law.
2. Are you a lawyer who is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law?
You should aim to hire lawyers who have been approved by the Law Society of NSW as an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury law. This accreditation is only given to lawyers who have demonstrated expertise and competency in the area of Personal Injury law, as assessed by other expert Personal Injury lawyers.
3. What area of compensation law do you specialise in?
There are many different areas of compensation law and accordingly many different claims that can be made. This includes car accident claims, workers compensation claims, public liability claims, medical negligence claims and so on. Each compensation claims process is unique, and so it is best to ensure that the lawyer you entrust has expertise in the area in which your claim falls.
4. Can you explain to me how the compensation claims process works?
The insurance claims process can be quite complex and lengthy, thus it is important that your lawyer walks you through the process and prepares you for what will lie ahead.
5. What is my chance at a successful compensation claim?
After discussing the circumstances of your case, a good lawyer will be able to tell you whether you will likely have a successful outcome if you decide to pursue your claim. While a lawyer cannot guarantee a certain outcome, their advice can be a good indication as to whether your case is worth pursuing and can help prepare you for what needs to be done next.
6. What am I likely to receive compensation for?
A competent compensation lawyer will be able to give you an indication of the type of compensation you are likely to receive, which may include compensation for injuries sustained, medical expenses, lost income and/or domestic assistance required.
7. How long will it take for my compensation claim to be finished?
An expert lawyer will be able to give an indication as to how long it should take for your compensation claim to be settled. This is often beneficial to know, in order to prepare yourself for the process ahead.
8. What will you require from me?
Your lawyer should be clear about what they will require from you to make this compensation claim successful. This can include medical records, a police event number, and any other supporting documents you may have. If you do not have sufficient evidence, your lawyer should be able to assist you in gathering more evidence to establish your compensation claim.
9. Will you communicate with me during the compensation claims process?
Communication is key, and a good lawyer should effectively communicate with you during every step of the claim. Not only should your lawyer be regularly informing you as to the progress of your compensation claim, but they should also be available to answer your questions and address your concerns in a timely manner.
10. What are your legal fees and how are they to be paid?
This is an important question, as you will need to know whether you can afford your lawyer’s services. Therefore, you should always ask about the payment options and plans, and what you should expect to be charged for.
Many law firms will offer a “no win, no fee”* arrangement, which means that you will not have to pay any legal fees unless your compensation claim is successful. Therefore, it is only once you have received your compensation that you will you be required to pay any legal fees.
If you are in need of an expert compensation lawyer, get in touch with Schreuder Partners today.