If you have suffered a major trauma injury, it is crucial to instruct the most appropriate and experienced lawyer to oversee your case. Having the right lawyer on your team can make a significant difference to the standard of service and care you receive, as serious injury claims can last over long periods of time and require certain expertise to ensure the case is appropriately valued.
Instructing a solicitor that you trust is paramount as they are the person that will be advocating for your long-term needs and care. You may need certain adaptations in your daily life to move forward with your traumatic injuries, such as mobility aids and home modifications, and having a dedicated major trauma lawyer can ensure you have the funds and care to meet your specific needs.
Unfortunately, many claimants don’t realise when making a personal injury claim the importance and difference that choosing the right lawyer can make. If someone was in a road traffic collision, for example, they do not have to stay with their Insurer’s choice of solicitor, but many stay with them regardless due to the ease of the process.
Similarly, victims often choose their local solicitors to bring a major trauma personal injury claim, yet such law firms, in some circumstances, are not experienced with serious injuries and do not have the expertise to provide the claimant with the medical care and financial compensation they deserve.
If you have lost confidence in your current firm of solicitors or wish to discuss what our major trauma lawyers can do for you and your case, then please get in touch with Major Trauma Group today to find out more.
What should you look for in a solicitor?
When instructing a solicitor for your major trauma case, it is important to remember that serious injuries require certain expertise to be appropriately compensated and taken care of. Some general personal injury solicitors dealing with slips, trips, and falls, for example, may not have experience in dealing with life-changing injuries such as amputations and brain injuries, which ultimately means they cannot effectively advocate for your ongoing care and treatment to better your chances of making a full recovery.
If you are considering changing solicitors, there are certain points to take note of when looking for a better suited legal professional, such as:
- The organisation of important documents – An experienced solicitor will ensure all relevant documents and reports are filed and analysed to further strengthen your case. This could include police investigations, medical reports detailing your injuries, or documents where a party has admitted liability. An expert major trauma lawyer will know which pieces of information and documents are the most helpful to a case and can provide advice on how best to obtain them.
- Early rehabilitation – During the claims process an experienced lawyer can negotiate and advocate on your behalf with insurers for access to specialist rehabilitation treatments, before any compensation has been finalised. In some circumstances, rehabilitation can be arranged before a decision on liability has been reached. Having access to early rehabilitation can greatly improve chances of recovery, and specialist major trauma solicitors will have ample knowledge on the importance of early rehabilitation for trauma victims.
- Special adaptations – Suffering a major trauma can leave you with injuries that affect how you live your life. Major adjustments to your lifestyle and home may be needed which a specialist solicitor can help facilitate.
- Interim payments – If a party has admitted liability, then major trauma lawyers can apply for access to interim payments for the claimant. This can not only provide financial security during a physically and emotionally difficult time but can also ensure specialist medical care is accessed whilst the claim is still being negotiated.
If your current solicitor has failed to carry out any of the above, or if you have concerns that the solicitor is not a specialist in serious injuries, you may wish to consider changing solicitors.
Changing solicitors if you are not satisfied with your current solicitor
It is your right to choose and change your solicitor as you see fit. Solicitors have an important job in overseeing the financial payments and medical care that will affect your life moving forward. Whether you have a clash of personalities with your solicitor, or are dissatisfied with their lack of progress, you can simply sign a form of authority to request they withdraw from the case and transfer your files to your newly chosen representative.
It is imperative to choose a solicitor that you trust as they will be responsible for overseeing your case and can ultimately affect the value of your claim, as well as your recovery, through their experience and negotiation. Traumatic injury lawyers understand that such cases bring a lot of stress to their clients and endeavour to take some of the stress out of the situation by effectively overseeing the entire claims process, operating in the best interest of their clients.
It is also worth noting that Major Trauma Group has member firms in many areas of the country, meaning you can have an expert major injury lawyer who is also familiar with local services, rehabilitation centres, and treatments that can make your recovery process much smoother.
How can Major Trauma Group assist?
If you are unhappy with a previous solicitor’s work on your case and are looking for a specialist legal professional in major trauma injuries then please get in touch with Major Trauma Group to find out how one of our member firms can assist you with your case. We operate on a no win no fee basis, meaning you do not need to worry about any legal costs of making a claim.
Major Trauma Group are particularly passionate about early intervention with rehabilitation, and sadly many solicitors in the personal injury industry overlook such an important aspect of recovery. We can ensure that you are in the best position to move on from your injuries whilst negotiating your ongoing claim.