Claiming with No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors
When it comes to pursuing a legal claim for personal injury compensation, many people are keen to use No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors to recover compensation. Oftentimes, financial pressures prevent people from claiming compensation as the legal costs for fighting a case can often be high. In some cases, even without any financial pressure, many people are unwilling to commit to paying a solicitor anything when trying to recover compensation for damages.
No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors work on a conditional fee agreement, which means they will take on a compensation claim and will not require any payment from the claimant in the event of an unsuccessful claim. No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors fees are paid either by the liable party in the case of a successful claim, or by an insurance policy which is taken out to cover any legal costs in the event that a claim does not succeed.
When a claim is successful, your solicitor´s legal fees together with any costs will be paid by the defendant’s insurance policy.
Can Any Case Be Taken On By No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors?
The majority of personal injury compensation claims can be taken on by No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors, whether you have been injured at work, been involved in a car accident, or have suffered any injury due to the negligence of a third party.
Although most compensation claims can be pursued by No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors, it is important to contact a solicitor for advice on your individual case. No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors will assess the strength of your case and will be able to advise you on the probability of making a successful claim, inform you of the likely settlement and will explain the full legal process and the steps which need to be taken.
For advice on our No Win No Fee solicitors´ services please call our helpline today, and you will be put in touch with a solicitor with experience relating to your situation. You will be provided with free legal advice and are under no obligation to proceed with a personal injury compensation claim.
What Legal Costs Do No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors Charge?
With any claim for compensation, No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors need to be paid their base fee for working on your case in addition to costs incurred while your claim is pursued. Fees will be incurred at various stages of your claim, such as obtaining medical reports and paying court fees. No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors will usually be prepared to cover these costs during your claim, and will reclaim these costs from the defendant if the claim is successful. No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors will also claim a success fee for winning your case in addition to their professional base fee.
The specific fee arrangement should be discussed before agreeing to use any No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors, and you should ask about your liability to pay any disbursement costs – costs that are incurred while processing your claim.
Will I Have to Pay Any Legal Costs?
Unsuccessful compensation claims taken on by No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors may not end up being totally free, and there may well be costs associated with making a No Win No Fee claim. In the even t of an unsuccessful compensation claim, the disbursement costs may be required to be covered by the claimant as there is no liable third party against which to claim these charges. However, this should not put you off from contacting No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors, but you should always ask about whether you are liable to incur costs should your claim prove to be unsuccessful.
Being liable for costs need not be a problem, as insurance policies can be taken out to cover such eventualities. Your solicitor will be able to advise you on taking out disbursement insurance or After the Event insurance to cover any legal costs. Should you win your case, these insurance costs can be recovered and will be added to your claim for special damages.
In many cases it is not necessary to take out a new insurance policy, as cover is often provided by an existing insurance policy, such as your car insurance in car accident personal injury claim, or even by your home contents insurance policy. Legal protection cover or legal expenses insurance is a feature of many insurance policies, and may cover your own legal bills as well third party legal costs in the event of an unsuccessful compensation claim. In such cases it may not even be necessary to use No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors, and a standard fee arrangement can be discussed as appropriate. Your insurance policy should detail the cover you have but, if you find the legal terminology of insurance documents confusing, No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors will be able to check for you. They will look at your policies, determine your level of cover and whether it is likely to be sufficient for your particular claim.
In the event of an unsuccessful claim, the losing party is required to pay for the winners legal costs, although only up to a level acceptable to the courts. Should your legal costs be excessive, or exceed a reasonable level, the claimant may be required to pay the difference. These are termed shortfall costs, and No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors should be asked whether you would be expected to deduct shortfall costs from the compensation awarded.
How Much Compensation Will I Be Paid?
The amount of compensation that is awarded to cover personal injury damages can vary considerably from case to case and can be anywhere from a few hundred pounds to several million, depending on the nature and the severity of your injuries. Calculating compensation can be a complicated process, factoring in loss of amenity, compensation for pain and suffering, and even your age, sex and general state of health, and can only be estimated once a case has been thoroughly assessed.
No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors will calculate the appropriate level of compensation, and will arrive at a figure taking into account previous court precedents. This can also include loss of opportunity at work as a result of an accident.
In many cases it may also be applicable to claim special damages to recover any costs incurred as a result of an injury, and to make provision for any future medical costs. Your legal fees and expenses will also be covered, together with any loss of earnings as a result of having to take time off work. Medical bills, prescription costs, and any travel arrangements necessitated by the injury can also be claimed under special damages. Special damages can include any actual financial cost incurred as a direct result of the accident, such as temporary accommodation, changes required to your house such as installing wheelchair access, as well as any quantifiable future expenses likely to be incurred. The compensation will be calculated to make sure that you are in no worse position financially after the accident, than if the injury was never sustained in the first place.
Choosing No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors
Depending on the nature of your personal injury claim, you may not be able to choose your own personal injury solicitor. In most cases, such as with most motor insurance policies, you will usually be free to seek legal representation from whoever you wish. Even if you are required to take on legal services from a particular panel of approved lawyers, you should still seek the advice of No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors, as they will be able to advise you on the procedures and processes, and may still be able to work with you on a No Win, No Fee basis.
What is the Next Step?
No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors cannot take on a compensation claim without first assessing your case and completing a number of formal procedures. Claims are usually only taken on this basis, if there is a reasonable chance of making a successful claim. The first step is to seek free legal advice to find out whether you are eligible to claim. You can then discuss the procedures and costs involved and whether you can pursue a claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
By calling our free legal helpline you will be put in touch with a personal injury solicitor who will offer impartial legal advice, and who will advise you of the procedures regarding your own compensation claim. You are under no obligation to use our No Win, No Fee Accident Solicitors, and should only make your decision when you have all the facts and are aware of the likely value of your compensation claim.