From what Ive told you, you can draw the conclusion that you only have to pay your solicitor if your case is won. Yes, thats true. However, if you case isnt won, you have to know that you might have to pay your opponents costs. So my advice here is simple: request for a compensation claim that you know you can win. I mean, if youve been involved in a work accident or a road accident that you are sure it wasnt your fault, go for it. If you are not that sure, you may assume the risks, but also be aware of the possible consequences, and by that I mean paying the opponents costs if your case is not won.
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When you meet your lawyer answer him honestly and in as much detail as you can remember, because in these cases every bit of information is precious. He will ask you to give him all the evidence you managed to gather, and later on he is going to double check everything. Its not that he doesnt trust you, its just a thing that lawyers do. Then, hes going to appoint you to a meeting with a medical expert, who will evaluate all your injuries. These appointments will have to be made regularly, because theres no telling of how your injuries will evolve and you have to get very well compensated for them. You may have suffered a serious whiplash without even realizing it.
Then, just let your auto accident lawyer do his thing. Its time to relax and recover from your physical and mental shock you have suffered,because accidents can be traumatic events. Your lawyer will double check all the pieces of information you gave him and gather as much more evidence as he possibly can.
Then, hes going to contact the two parties involved, insurance companies included. He will prepare a statement for you to give to your insurance company, a statement that is going to help you in the process of claiming. He is going to ask for as much compensation as possible, including compensation for your injuries, the damage to your car and other assets of yours, medical expenses, etc. Especially in accidents like this one, the two parties reach an agreement without going to Court. A check for you is written, and you get your motor accident claim.