If you ever find yourself in a position where you need to apply for compensation, then chances are you will be going through a difficult time in your life.
The word compensation literally means “something given or received as an equivalent for services, debt, loss, injury, suffering, lack etc,” according to dictionary.com.
In short, it is usually allocated to people who are injured in some shape or form, be that physically or mentally, due to an unforeseen event or an accident that was the fault of someone else.
These are all situations that can leave a person in a vulnerable position, which is why it is important to know what you are looking for from your lawyer.
Here are a few tips from accredited specialist Gerard Malouf that may help you find a lawyer that will keep your best interests at heart so that you can walk away with the best possible result.
Seek free initial advice
According to Mr Malouf, a good way to start a relationship with a lawyer and learn more about your case is to seek free initial advice.
“Any person [you] should see should be one that is willing to offer [you] some free initial advice, but not all lawyers are built the same,” he said.
From there you can discuss possibilities for moving forward.
Do your research
To find a lawyer that suits your needs, it’s important to do your research. Look for an accredited specialist who has dealt with cases similar to yours in the past.
“You’d need to know the track record of the law firm, and you can easily track that out by asking them if they’ve run similar cases, and many, and what type of results they’ve achieved,” Mr Malouf explained.
Understand the cost agreement
Before you choose a lawyer to take on your case, you need to understand the cost agreement.
Many firms operate on a no win no fee basis, meaning that you do not have to pay unless your claim is successful. However, it is still important to ask what the final fee will be.
“You want to ask them what their cost arrangements are, because we’ve noticed, even if you say you’re no win no fee, the real question in people’s minds it, how much are you going to take of my verdict?”
Understanding this agreement from the beginning will make sure there are no unwelcome surprises at the closure of your case.