What happens when I win — or lose — my ambulance injury compensation claim with a “no win, no fee” agreement?
If you have a viable claim for ambulance injury compensation — i.e. the ambulance driver was negligent, causing you an injury — you can expect the following from entering into a “no win, no fee” agreement with a solicitor.
In the event that you win your claim for ambulance injury compensation you are entitled to receive your full ambulance injury compensation settlement, and in many cases, you also will not owe the solicitor you engaged for his services. This is because solicitor’s fees — as well as any other costs associated with pursuing your claim for ambulance injury compensation — may be directly retrieved from the liable party when you win your ambulance injury compensation claim. This provided the solicitor’s “success fee” (the fee charged for helping you win your ambulance injury compensation claim) is considered reasonable by the courts. In case that it is not, you may be liable for any shortfall; consequently, you should make sure to ask about your solicitor’s “success fee” and whether you may be liable for any shortfall.
If you lose your claim for ambulance injury compensation, you will not owe any solicitor’s fees to your solicitor. However, you may be required to pay for the other party’s legal fees, as the losing party is legally liable for the winner’s legal fees. To safeguard your interests, a solicitor will usually ask that you look through all your insurance policies to see if you are presently covered for legal expenses against the possible risk of losing your ambulance injury compensation claim. If you are not, taking out a new insurance policy will be recommended. (This cost may be retrieved from the other party when you win your claim for ambulance injury compensation.)
Due to the above matters, it is to your advantage to speak with a personal injury solicitor to establish the strength of your case prior to pursuing an ambulance injury compensation claim with a “no win, no fee” agreement.