Compensation law is a specialist legal area. The Government has deliberately made the process of making claims and getting compensation increasingly difficult. Insurance companies are specialists at defending claims. And the injured are new to the claims process. It takes a specialist lawyer to know all the ins and outs of the legislation to be able to defeat the sometimes recalcitrant tactics that insurance companies adopt.
Only about 3% of lawyers practicing within compensation law are accredited specialists. This is a stamp of approval from the Law Society of NSW that certifies that the lawyer practices almost exclusively in this area and has passed the examinations to be accredited, which includes at least 5 years post-admission experience, peer review and examinations. Your compensation lawyer needs to be an accredited specialist in personal injury law.
Ask friends, family and acquaintances if they have had first hand experience with a compensation lawyer, as word of mouth referral is a great way to find a reputable firm. Be aware, some law firms spend a lot of money advertising and can over-promise but end up under-delivering.
The law firm you finally decide to appoint to your case should be realistic and helpful with their advice and it’s important to know that the senior lawyer handling your case is someone you feel comfortable with and will run your case from beginning to end.