When you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence in a public place, on the road (whether you were driving, walking or cycling) or at work, you need to focus on two key things: First of all, you need to get better.
But secondly, you need to seek compensation for your injuries and loss of income sustained so that you have the time and space to get better, without having to worry about money and medical bills. After all, this accident and injury were not your fault – and if there is someone responsible, then they are the person or entity who should appropriately compensate you.
While no one understands the length and severity of your injuries quite as well as you do, we also know that self-representation in personal injury cases is not a particularly good idea. It’s difficult to think and see objectively (as you need to do) when you’re in pain, and as your legal representation, we can understand the individual or company who you are seeking compensation from and can help to get the most appropriate amount of compensation possible.
While we at Revolution Law are experts in personal injury law and in helping you seek compensation, there are other legal professionals that you should be wary of. We have created this short piece to show you what to be aware of in personal injury law – and if your legal professional does any of these three things, run a mile in the other direction (and call us for comprehensive care and legal representation).
#1: Passes You Off to a Paralegal
Your personal injury was not your fault, and you’re grappling with the potential pain and change in living, as well as an upheaval in your life which you and your family need to work through. In seeking compensation, you want to know your claim is being handled by a professional lawyer. While we do have paralegals working within our firm, your personal injury claim is going to be handled by a qualified lawyer who has the experience and skill to get you the best possible outcome.
#2: Is Vague About Fees
We are 100% transparent about our fees. And in fact, when it comes to some of our personal injury cases, we offer a no win, no fee payment structure which means that your claim will be handled with no risk to you. We will assess your case before we take you on and will speak with you about the likelihood of success so that you know what to expect. If your legal professional is vague about how much you will be paying or doesn’t discuss the fee structure with you – get out of there!
#3: Promises a Quick Case
Ok, in some cases – not many, mind you – but some cases, your personal injury case will be settled relatively quickly. In the rest of the cases, a personal injury claim can take anywhere from 12 to 18 months to be settled, with medical negligence cases taking longer in many instances.
We don’t promise rapid resolution, but we do deliver realistic timeframes and ongoing support and updates. If your personal injury lawyer gives you a really short timeframe for resolution for your case, be sure to consider this carefully. Personal injury claims do take time because of the complicated and thorough nature of the information required and a promise of settlement in two or three months should be looked upon with caution.
While we recommend seeking legal advice as soon after your injury as possible, the claim itself needs to be approached in a thorough and precise manner. And while it’s important for injuries to be treated promptly, your compensation may take some time but we will be there to help you through the process, for as long as it takes.
Want legal advice from personal injury experts who are on your side and with you every step of the way? We can help. Contact us now for a complimentary consultation where we can assess your claim, or call us on (07) 3416 4999 for a chat about your injuries and what you are looking to do moving forward.