As personal injury solicitors, we are aware of the negative stereotypes that often surround our profession.
Despite our commitment to providing legal support to those in need, we are often treated with contempt.
Our primary focus is representing innocent victims. Many whose lives have been tragically affected by unforeseen accidents.
However, this is often overshadowed by ill-informed information and prejudice. Nick Davis, a solicitor and managing director at NV Legal explores the realities of our profession.
VIEWS FROM A PERSONAL INJURY SOLICITOR – NICK DAVIS
“People occasionally inquire about my profession. Although I specialise in personal injury and professional negligence as a solicitor, I sometimes hesitate to share it. This is due to the negative stereotypes associated with my profession.
If I am lucky, the response is light-hearted, with a playful “Boo.” However, more often, I encounter heckles, such as “ambulance chaser” or even a “parasite.”
It leaves me wondering why we have such a tarnished reputation when my aim and role is to provide professional legal advice and support.
Dispelling the myths
Interestingly at this stage in the conversation, people rarely inquire about which side I represent. The innocent victims whose lives have been shattered by accidents. The person with their life in ruins because someone on a mobile phone ran them over on a zebra crossing for example. Or the insurer looking to pay out as little as possible due to their insured’s gross negligence.
So, why does our profession have such a bad reputation?
One reason could be the media portrayal and news of fraudulent claims and the rise in insurance premiums. In fact, fraudulent or “staged” accidents and exaggerated claims are few and far between. Any decent solicitor will spot them early on and refuse to act.
Additionally, people might be frustrated with the barrage of random calls and spam emails. From companies promising substantial compensation for past injuries or mis-sold financial products.
Many of these calls come from claims management companies who the general public may assume are solicitors. When they boast that they have recovered millions in compensation for their clients all they have in fact done, is sell your details on often for several hundred pounds.
Solicitors are not legally allowed to cold call potential clients.
Using a reputable personal injury solicitor
If you have had an accident, I recommend using a specialised personal injury solicitor. The solicitor, will be qualified and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
If you need a solicitor, why would you approach a company with no legal experience? Whose sole motive is to make as much money as they can from you without providing any meaningful service.
Steer clear of anyone telling you they are a “legal advisor” and anyone “regulated” by a body other than the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Qualified solicitors, like myself, undergo rigorous training. Spending upwards of nine years qualifying to practice and adhering to stringent codes of practice and conduct.
In my 27 years of experience, I’ve devoted my time to helping individuals rebuild their lives. Many suffering injuries through no fault of their own. I hope that some of them recognise the value of a personal injury solicitor and the difference we can make.
So, the next time someone introduces themselves as a personal injury solicitor, please approach them with an open mind. Most of us are genuinely dedicated professionals striving to have a positive impact on people’s lives.”
PERSONAL INJURY SOLICITOR
Using a personal injury solicitor has several advantages:
Personal injury solicitors are qualified legal professionals who specialise in personal injury law. They have in-depth knowledge of the legal system, relevant laws, and regulations. Making them better equipped to handle your case effectively.
A solicitor will provide you with personalised attention and tailored legal advice. They will take the time to understand the specifics of your case. This ensures you receive the best possible representation and support.
Solicitors are bound by strict codes of conduct and professional standards. These are set by regulatory bodies like the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). This ensures a higher level of professionalism and accountability in handling your claim.
Comprehensive legal support
Personal injury solicitors can assist you with various aspects of your case. This includes gathering evidence, negotiating with insurance companies, and representing you in court if necessary. They provide end-to-end support to maximise your chances of a successful claim.
No upfront costs
Many personal injury solicitors, including NV Legal, work on a “no win, no fee” basis. This means that you won’t have to pay any upfront fees, and payment is based on the success of your claim. This arrangement reduces financial risk for you.
Solicitors are duty-bound to act in your best interests and provide impartial advice. They won’t pressure you into making a claim or accepting an offer that isn’t fair.
When you work with NV Legal, you communicate directly with the solicitor handling your case. This direct communication streamlines the process and ensures clarity throughout.
Better understanding of compensation
Personal injury solicitors have a deeper understanding of the potential compensation you may be entitled to.
They can help you assess the value of your claim, considering various factors like medical expenses, lost earnings, and emotional trauma.
HOW TO CHOOSE A PERSONAL INJURY SOLICITOR
When it comes to selecting a solicitor, we highly recommend recommendations from trusted sources.
To ensure you make the best choice, consider following these essential steps:
- Seek Recommendations: Start by asking for recommendations from people you trust and respect.
- Research: Conduct thorough research on solicitors who specialise in the specific field relevant to your case.
- Evaluate experience: Take the time to review testimonials, feedback, and social media presence to gauge a solicitor’s experience and reputation.
- Regulatory compliance: Ensure the solicitor you choose is a qualified professional regulated by the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority).
- Transparent fee structure: Inquire about the solicitor’s fees and any associated costs upfront.
- Initial consultation: Schedule a consultation, which is typically free of charge, to discuss your case with the solicitor.
Additionally, if you previously pursued a claim through a solicitor but were dissatisfied with the outcome, know that there are still options available.
It may not be too late to reopen your case. Our team can represent you and take the necessary steps to access your previous solicitor’s file. Providing expert advice on whether you have grounds for a claim.
For more information on the process read our blog ‘How to Choose a Personal Injury Solicitor’.
If you would like further information on any of the issues covered contact us for a FREE no-obligation consultation. All queries will be answered by a solicitor.
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