When you’ve been wronged, your whole world can turn upside down in the blink of an eye. The financial, psychological and physical toll can be devastating. Most people just want to get back to normality as quickly as possible.
Bringing your own compensation claim can seem like a fast fix. However, if you don’t know the ins and outs of the legal system, it can be difficult to know who to bring a claim against, what to claim for, or if you have any legal rights at all.
The law surrounding compensation claims is complex and difficult to understand, especially for those outside the legal industry. Enlisting the help of an expert lawyer can ensure you understand what you’re entitled to and don’t miss any critical steps in the legal process.
The challenges of self-representation
It’s not uncommon for individuals to attempt to bring a compensation claim on their own. However, without adequate legal support, many obstacles can get in the way:
- Missing deadlines – Strict time limits apply to compensation claims and lawyers are under a duty to ensure these are complied with. Self-represented claimants aren’t always aware of these deadlines. Non-compliance with time limits can result in your claim being rejected, and that’s the end of your case.
- Insurers – Insurance companies are often knowledgeable and well-resourced. It’s in their best interests to settle a claim quickly and cheaply. Insurance companies can easily convince individuals to accept undervalued payouts, especially those without legal representation. A specially trained lawyer on your side will be able to advocate your case and make sure the insurer isn’t messing around with your claim.
- Only opportunity – Most people are unaware that once you settle a matter, that’s it. There’s no chance to go back for a second shot, even if your circumstances change. That’s why it’s crucial to make sure the offer you’re accepting is the very best, and covers your needs both now and into the future.
How can we help you?
The difference between self-representation and having a legal expert on your side fighting your fight could be the difference between securing your financial future and losing everything.
Shine Lawyers’ legal teams are expert compensation lawyers. We’ll champion your rights and stand up against insurance companies to make sure you receive the compensation you need to make a full recovery. Start your legal journey and get in touch today.
Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: November 2, 2017.