Despite the fact that a claimant can apply directly to the Injuries Board a significant majority of people still seek legal advice from a solicitor.
These are three reasons you should have legal advice and contact a solicitor:-
- A solicitor can advise you of the time limit you have to bring your case. This is known as the statute of limitations. If you wait too long you may not be able to bring your claim.
- You need to correctly identify the person or company that you are claiming against. Identifying the legal entities involved in an accident correctly and having the right persons or companies named on your application is absolutely essential. A solicitor can advise you about this.
- If your case is accepted and assessed by the Injuries Board you should have advice as to the sufficiency of the assessment. If you accept what the Injuries Board are offering your claim is over. Your solicitor will advise you if the offer is a suitable amount, and will also discuss with you whether or you still have injuries from the accident. If you are still suffering it may not be advisable to take the offer.
Remember a solicitor is here to help you*
In a contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.