Billboards and ads on the sides of buses bearing ‘NO WIN NO FEE’ in large letters have made us all well aware that the area of legal representation for personal injury compensation is a competitive one.
If you experience a personal injury and believe you might have a claim for compensation, what does your lawyer actually do? Isn’t it possible to save your money and take on the insurance company yourself?
Well, yes, it is, but hopefully, after reading this article you will quickly realise what an unwise course of action that would be.
If you have suffered a personal injury and would like to discuss your options, get in touch with award-winning legal specialists in this area, BPC Lawyers.
The role of a personal injury lawyer
Your personal injury lawyer is responsible for obtaining the right evidence in support of your case, providing the correct advice to you, preparing your case to go to Court, negotiating a settlement of your claim and if that is unsuccessful, appearing in Court for you.
In most compensation claims, except, for example, most workers compensation rights and some compensation entitlements for injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents, you will need to prove that another party was at fault. Liability really means establishing that another person was responsible for your injury. Liability only arises when that person was at fault and the fault of that person caused your injury.
Your claim depends upon you having the right evidence. It is also very important that you have an experienced lawyer who properly understands not only the evidence that is available to you but the matters that are likely to be used against you.
It is only with experience that an accurate assessment can be made of the risks of going to Court. At the end of the day, the value of your claim is determined by assessing what the likely outcome would be if you went to Court and discounting that result by the risk that you do not win your case.
There are many varying fields of law, each of which has its own rules and practices. It is always advisable to have a lawyer on your side who properly understands what happens in personal injury cases. Liability for your injuries (and the damages which are available) will vary depending upon whether the party at fault was your employer; the driver of a motor vehicle or a stranger who owed you a duty in law. Unfortunately, the Parliament has a bad habit of regularly enacting laws that affect your rights and entitlements.
You are, of course, entitled to make a claim without a lawyer and to appear in Court if you wish. The risk is that you might lose your claim if you do not have available to you the necessary evidence to win or if you have not foreseen one of the many risks in litigation. If you are not aware of the complexities of a Court case, how can you assess an offer that has been made to you by an insurer, is fair or reasonable?
The need for specialists
Compensation law can be a complex area. Whether your injury arises from a motor vehicle accident, an incident at work, or a trip and fall in a public place, the path to receiving a pay-out for the harm you’ve suffered can be difficult.
At BPC Lawyers, we have specialists in all areas of personal injury and take a hands-on approach to every case we work on, which is why we’re considered one of the leading personal injury law firms in NSW. Call us for a free case appraisal today.