For any potential Claimant, looking to pursue a claim, you would naturally want to ensure that the firm, or individual running your case knows exactly what they are doing, both in terms of the practical and procedural side of the claim but also that they understand the nature of the injuries or illness sustained.
There are many lawyers out there who will hold themselves out as specialists in a particular field. So how would you know that the lawyer instructed is the right one for you?
One way would be to check the level of accreditation the lawyer has. APIL, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, operates an accreditation scheme for the full range of lawyers in personal injury work and in the various areas of specialism.
One of those is in the field of Occupational Disease, in which it is vital that the right lawyer is instructed. APIL members who wish to attain individual accreditation must satisfy specific and extensive criteria to demonstrate their competency and experience in handling such claims. There is also a sub-specialism for practitioners handling asbestos disease claims, especially mesothelioma.
We are always quick to say that all of our legal team are former practitioners, so you are always discussing the case with someone knowledgeable in the field of personal injury. Indeed Robin, our In House Lawyer, had a small part to play in the implementation of APIL’s accreditation scheme for "Occupational Disease Specialists” which can be found here; (https://www.apil.org.uk/application-documents-occupational-disease-specialist
Robin also set up the "Occupational Disease Network” on LinkedIn, a forum for Lawyers, Medical Professionals and others who work within this field to share ideas, network, and discuss topical and technical issues within the Occupational Disease arena, which can be found here (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4285490
At Box Legal we do understand Industrial Disease claims & ATE Insurance
Our ATE Insurance policies for Industrial Disease are straightforward and still give effective delegated authority to the Solicitor with minimal administration. Our Industrial Disease After the Event Insurance policies fall into two categories. First, a low level premium, charged if damages of £10,000 or below are recovered. This could be suitable for straightforward hearing-loss claims involving only a modest loss of hearing. Second, a high-level premium, if damages above £10,000 are recovered. As with all our ClaimSafe ATE Insurance policies, we offer a number of premium structures to ensure your client always gets the best deal.
So, when choosing the right lawyer, make sure you also choose the right After the Event Insurer for you.