Choosing the correct personal injury solicitor

If you are seeking compensation following an accident it is important to realise that not all solicitors are experts in this field.

This is clearly illustrated in the recently reported case of Paul Wright v Troy Lucas (A Firm), George Rusz.

On this occasion, Mr Wright , a nurse sought advice from an organisation which implied that it was not only authorised by the Ministry of Justice and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) but also that it was a specialist personal injury practice. This turned out not to be the case and as a consequence Mr Wright’s claim subsequently failed.

The court found that not only was the advice of poor quality but it was was “positively harmful” to his claim.

A successful negligence action was pursued against the organisation concerned although it is questionable whether they will have sufficient funds to meet the claim brought by Mr Wright. This would not be a probem with any solciitor properly registered with the SRA as professional indemnity insurance is compulsory.

The case outlined the importance of selecting the correct legal representation in a personal injury claim. Any individual seeking legal advice and representation should to ensure that their solicitor has the relevant experience, expertise and knowledge to deal with their claim.

If you are considering making personal injury claim for an accident that wasn’t your fault, then choosing the correct solicitor to deal with your claim may be perhaps the most important decision you will make. You should ensure that they are an accredited practice with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and that they are registered as experts with the Law Society Personal Injury Panel. You can also consider the professional reputation of an individual practice by reference to independent legal publications such as the Legal 500.

It is easy to check the credentials of any legal practice by referring to the following websites:

The Law Society

The Association on Personal Injury Lawyers

The Legal 500

Adam Burton is an Associate in the claimant personal injury team at Sintons in Newcastle dealing with serious and catastrophic injuries. Contact him at or on 0191 226 7856.

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