Claims to PIAB*
PIAB will tell you you do not need a Solicitor. However, PIAB will not give you legal advice. In dealing with PIAB there are a number of things that you need to do.
You must submit forms and they must be set out in the proper format and they must be done within the time allowed. In sending in any claim to PIAB it is important that all your injuries are properly set out. This also means making sure that the proper medical report is put in. It is not simply a matter of getting a report from a GP. Where the injuries are serious it is our approach always to get a report, from a consultant, if there is time to do so.
If the wrong documentation is sent in or if misleading documentation is sent in or if certain information is not included then this can result in difficulties going forward.
Where you receive a PIAB settlement offer then that is in full settlement of your claim both now and into the future. But having personal injury Solicitors like us we will be in a position to advise you as to whether an offer of settlement is good or bad.
Some Solicitors believe that it is in your best interest to go through the PIAB process, then reject the compensation and then go to negotiate directly with the other side’s Solicitors and insurers. That is not our approach. We have been involved in this area of work for a long time. If it is possible to get a case settled before anything goes to PIAB then we will do so provided you get fair compensation. We do not just “go through” the PIAB process. We only act for those who will do so in good faith. The reason for this is that it’s cheaper and quicker for you if everything can be dealt with quickly. We are not here to rack up legal fees. We are here to provide a quality service. We are here to help. Yes, there will be fees payable to us but these fees will be discussed with you in advance. Until you have signed an engagement letter with us nothing will be done and that engagement letter will set out exactly what fees you will have to pay. If a case goes to Court then in those circumstances normally the vast majority of your fees will be met by the other side when your case is won.
*Before acting or refraining from acting on anything in this guide, legal advice should be sought from a solicitor.
*In contentious cases a solicitor may not charge fees or expenses as a proportion or percentage of any award or settlement.