If you have suffered from a personal injury and would like to make a claim for compensation, then this is your right. However, there are a number of things that you may want to consider before you actually make your claim. Here are some of the most important considerations that you should think about before you go ahead.
1. Your Chances of Winning
The first thing that you really need to consider is whether you have a good chance of winning when you make your claim. If you do not stand much of a chance when the case goes to court, it could end up being a waste of your time, and it could also be a stressful and unnecessary experience to go through. You will not know what your chances are until you speak to a lawyer with experience of personal injury claims, who will be able to tell you fairly early on whether you have a good case.
2. No-Win, No-Fee?
If you are thinking about making a claim, you may want to consider a ‘no-win, no-fee’ arrangement. This is where you hire a lawyer on the basis that if you do not win the case, you do not have to pay their fee.
However, whereas this can be a good way to make a claim because it can help to save you money if you lose, you may still have costs to pay. You should therefore find out exactly how much you could end up paying before you agree to the arrangement.
Because it can sometimes prove to be expensive if you lose your claim, it is generally advised that you take out after-the-event insurance. This will cover any costs that you have to pay to the winning party and reduces your financial risk involved in going to court.
4. How Long the Claim will Take
You may also want to find out how long it will take for your claim to be processed. It may take longer than you think, and you may not be willing to wait for that long. As a result, it is always worth finding out from a specialist what you can expect when the case goes to court.
5. Who to Hire to Help You Make the Claim
One of the most important considerations of all is who you should hire to help you make your claim. It is not generally advised that you make your claim without any professional help, and you will probably be much better off hiring a professional lawyer. Make sure that you look for someone who has experience with personal injuries, however, as they will know the system and will be able to answer your questions with greater accuracy.
Keep These Considerations in Mind
These are some of the main things to consider before you make a claim for compensation as a result of a personal injury that you have suffered. Going to court is a decision that should never be taken lightly, so spend some time going through the above factors to help you to decide whether it is the right course of action, and try to speak to a lawyer if you can because they may be able to provide you with answers to your most important questions.