Question: I am making an appointment and need a list of good things to ask any help would be appreciated very much.

Answer: Some quick thoughts from a layman’s point of view.

  1. Have I got a case?
  2. What are my chances of winning?
  3. If I do win what will I get in money terms?
  4. If I win what will be the other consequences – eg losing job, getting another, etc?
  5. What mechanisms do we use – court action, mediation, out of court settlement, etc.
  6. How long does it take and what do I do in the meantime?
  7. Is there anything I should or shouldn’t specifically be doing?
  8. What evidence do we need to take a case? Will we need specialist reports, etc How much does my GP have to get involved and what will you need from them?
  9. How much will this cost me?
If you get a good solicitor who specialises in these things they should tell you all these things anyway – I bet there’s loads of leaflets and things available. What you need to make sure is that you have your facts and evidence well clear in your head or on paper before you go – solicitors can tend to be very short and quick and you can feel that you’ve never said all you need (no offence to our solicitor on the list.) – so practice what you want to say and make sure that you can present your case to them clearly and concisely. At the end of the day, they may say to you – well, what do you want? Make sure you have an answer to that.

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