Have you had a personal injury or industrial accident?

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  • A personal injury lawyer is the best choice to represent you in a personal injury case.
  • Wijs’ assistance is always free of charge. Dutch law provides that the assistance of a personal injury lawyer must be covered by the liable party.
  • At Wijs, we have the best personal injury lawyers.
  • Wijs is affiliated with the National Quality Mark for Personal Injury.
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Have you been injured during your work or experienced another accident? And have you suffered personal injury? Then you’ve probably been quite shaken by the experience. Fortunately, as a victim of a workplace accident or other accident, you almost always have the right to compensation. That’s why we understand that you’re looking for a personal injury lawyer. In this article, we’ll explain when you should engage one and how it all works.

In the event of a workplace accident: what should I do?

After the initial shock, you’re probably thinking: a workplace accident, what to do now? We completely understand your concerns, and to assist you further, we have some important advice for you:

  • Inform your supervisor that you’ve had a workplace accident.
  • Ask your employer to report the accident to the labor inspection and create an accident report (detailing exactly what happened). Since January 1, 2023, there’s a new procedure at the labor inspection. The employer must conduct their investigation into the cause of the accident within 15 days, prepare an employer’s report, and develop a plan to improve workplace safety, unless an exception applies.
  • Your employer is often well-insured for workplace accidents, but it’s important that they know which insurance to contact regarding your accident. So, you don’t need to worry about your employer having to pay the damages out of their pocket.
  • Seek timely assistance from a reputable personal injury lawyer who can guide you through the right steps.

Can I hold my employer liable for personal injury?

Yes, you can in certain situations:

  • You’re employed in a salaried position.
  • You perform work as a freelancer for a client, which could also have been done by an employee.
  • You work as a temporary employee.
  • You engage in volunteer work under specific circumstances.

If you identify with any of these situations and have had a workplace accident, we recommend discussing it with your employer as soon as possible. Wijs is here to assist you with this.

In case of another accident: what should I do?

We understand that it’s challenging to determine what to do next. That’s why we’re here to help with four simple steps:

  1. Step 1: Collect (and keep!) evidence.
  2. Step 2: Keep track of your expenses.
  3. Step 3: Consult a personal injury lawyer.
  4. Step 4: Hold the other party responsible.

When should you engage a personal injury lawyer?

We recommend hiring a personal injury lawyer when you have suffered an accident resulting in personal injury for which someone else is responsible. This includes incidents like a traffic accident or a workplace accident:

  • You tripped over a loose cable at work.
  • You fell from a poorly placed scaffold.
  • You were hit by a car while cycling or walking.

In these situations, you incur damages such as damaged clothing, medical expenses, lost income, and more. If someone else is responsible, you can try to claim compensation for these damages. Because this process can be complex, it’s wise to enlist the help of a personal injury lawyer. A lawyer will handle all the intricate paperwork, allowing you to focus on your recovery. It’s important to know that you’re not alone in this!

Personal injury lawyer with a quality mark

We strongly recommend choosing a personal injury lawyer with the National Quality Mark for Personal Injury. This quality mark indicates that a personal injury lawyer is reliable and can provide the quality you deserve. These lawyers are regularly monitored and meet the quality requirements you can expect from a good lawyer.

What is a personal injury lawyer?

A personal injury lawyer is a law graduate from a university who has specialized in liability and compensation for personal injury. A personal injury lawyer can assist you in obtaining compensation if you have suffered personal injury due to someone else’s responsibility, such as in a traffic accident or workplace accident.

What does a personal injury lawyer do?

Personal injury lawyers help you obtain compensation for your injuries. They are there to support you if you want to hold the responsible party accountable, such as:

  • The driver who hit you in a car accident.
  • Someone else’s dog that bit you.
  • The employer where you had a workplace accident.
  • Officially holding the opposing party liable.
  • Calculating personal injury damages.
  • Collecting and sending various documents.
  • Engaging in discussions with the opposing party’s insurer regarding the amount of compensation for personal injury.

The lawyer does their utmost to secure compensation for your damages, which often involves more than meets the eye. They maintain contact with all parties involved (insurer, opposing party, medical specialists) and go through complex documents. A personal injury lawyer is also busy calculating damages, negotiating, and requesting and sending documents.

Sometimes, a lawyer goes to court, although fortunately, this is rarely necessary. Only 5% of all personal injury cases require litigation, meaning that in 95% of cases, the advocate and the opposing party reach an agreement on their own. Fortunately, as litigation can be time-consuming, which you, as a personal injury victim, would rather avoid.

What does a personal injury lawyer cost?

We understand that you may be wondering: how much does a good personal injury lawyer cost? The answer is not black and white. Below, we’ll provide more information on this.

How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?

The law states that the costs of a personal injury lawyer must be paid by the responsible party (or their insurer). So how is it possible that you hear so many stories about expensive lawyers? There are various explanations for this:

  • Sometimes, lawyers calculate their fees based on a “no cure, no pay” basis. If you win your case, you’ll need to pay a percentage of the money you receive to the lawyer. This means you’ll receive less compensation for your damages. Our advice is never to agree to this without careful consideration. In most cases, the lawyer can bill their costs to the liable insurer, and a “no cure, no pay” agreement is not necessary at all.
  • If your case goes to court, the lawyer usually has to charge you costs that are not reimbursed by the liable insurer. Keep this in mind if going to court is the only way to resolve your personal injury claim.
  • Sometimes, an insurer doesn’t fully cover the costs of your lawyer. This often occurs because the insurer deems the costs unreasonable. Pay close attention to the agreements you make with your lawyer when the insurer doesn’t fully reimburse the costs. Will you have to cover those costs yourself?

Therefore, never sign an agreement with a personal injury lawyer without careful consideration. This ensures that the assistance is indeed free. If you would like assistance from Wijs, you won’t have to pay for it. We recover the damages from the responsible party. If we can’t fully recover all damages, it’s our own risk and you won’t suffer any adverse consequences. We handle all financial matters with the insurer directly. You won’t have to worry about it.

What Wijs can do for you

The personal injury lawyers at Wijs are ready to help you obtain compensation for all your damages. We take care of all the complex paperwork, allowing you to focus on your recovery. That’s the most important thing.

  • Wijs contacts your employer in case of a workplace accident.
  • Wijs always offers cost-free legal assistance.
  • Wijs is a specialist in personal injury.
  • Wijs handles all the paperwork.
  • Wijs achieves the best results.

Need help?

The personal injury lawyer at Wijs can assist you at no cost. Want to know more about our approach or want to meet us without any obligations? Leave your details via the contact form, and we’ll get in touch with you on the same day. You can also call 035 887 8266 to speak directly with one of our lawyers. We’re here to help!