The most important decision you can make in your compensation claim is choosing the right lawyer to represent you.
You only get one chance to obtain proper compensation and if you don’t get the best result the first time you cannot come back and have another go at claiming compensation………. you have to get the right lawyer from the start.
If you Google ’Compensation Lawyer’ you will find a number of firms who all make the same claims. It’s impossible to tell one from the other.
Most compensations lawyers will offer the following:-
- A free consultation
- No win no fee cost agreement
- Years of experience
- You can trust them
- They have a high percentage winning record
How do you know who to choose?
The only way to know is by asking the 10 essential questions which we have outlined in our guide, ‘10 questions you must ask before choosing a compensation lawyer in NSW ’.
You need a Compensation Lawyer who is an Accredited Specialist in Compensation Law, as approved by the Law Society of NSW. You need to be sure the approved specialist is the person who is actually performing the legal work on your claim. You need to know and understand how legal costs are charged.
Most law firms will charge you an hourly rate. Hourly rates in my view cause a conflict of interest between you and your lawyer. You also have no way of knowing what your lawyer will charge you at the conclusion of your claim.
If your lawyer is charging by the hour then he wants your case to be as complex as possible (so he can do lots of busy work on your file) and he wants your claim to go for as long as possible (so they can charge more hours doing that busy work).
You on the other hand want your case to be as straight forward and simple as possible and finalised as quickly as possible. This is in direct conflict with a lawyer who charges by the hour.
Instead your lawyer should be willing to charge a lump sum amount either for stages of preparation of the claim or an amount agreed at the beginning of the claim. This provides an incentive to a lawyer to finalise your claim as quickly as possible and for the right result which is also what you want.
You should also never choose your lawyer based on the location of his office. For medical issues, your local GP would refer you to a specialist to undertake procedures in their area of specialty. Lawyers are much the same, you need a specialist in compensation as all areas of the law are complex and require in depth knowledge to achieve the best result.
Convenience should never be a factor. You need to ensure you lawyer satisfies all 10 questions we have outlined. The location of the lawyer makes little difference when it is the financial security of your family is in jeopardy.
The most import decision you can make in your compensation claim is choosing the right lawyer. Do not just go for the first law you find because they are convenient. All lawyers are not the same. There are good lawyers and bad lawyers, a good lawyer will make a huge difference to the success and value of your claim. If necessary you need to interview a number of lawyers before deciding on the one you want to represent you.