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Do I need a solicitor to make a personal injuries claim?

One of the questions that we frequently get asked is: “What exactly is the Injuries Board and do I need a solicitor to represent me in bringing a claim to it?”

Well, first of all, the Injuries Board is a State-run body that was set up by the Government about ten years ago with a view to making compensation claims a “lawyer-free zone.”

However, despite these efforts over 90% of claimants still use solicitors to represent them and this is with good reason because, while your claim might be straightforward, there are many complicating factors that could arise and you could benefit dramatically from having legal representation to make sure you don’t fall foul of these pitfalls.

The important thing to bear in mind is that if you do instruct a solicitor to represent you in all likelihood you will not recover the costs of that legal representation on top of your compensation award, so it will be paid out of your compensation.

For this reason it is extremely important that you sit down with your solicitor before instructing them and to get clear written details of all their fees and outlays so that you can be sure of precisely how much will be coming out of your award.

If you have any questions about this or any other aspect of your personal injuries claim feel free to give us a call on 1800 390 555.