Am I Limited To Local Solicitors For No Win No Fee Claims?

In this guide, we will look at some of the reasons why you do not have to use local solicitors for No Win No Fee claims.

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Local solicitors for a No Win No Fee service guide

No Win No Fee services might include a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). A CFA allows you to hire a solicitor without paying an upfront cost for them to begin working on your claim. There are several other benefits to funding your solicitor’s service on this basis, such as:

  • No costs to pay while your claim is ongoing
  • No success fee to pay your solicitor if your claim fails

In successful claims, a success fee will be deducted from your compensation as a legally capped percentage. However, the fee is stipulated in the agreement you sign before your solicitor begins working on your case.

You may find it more beneficial to consider the experience a solicitor has rather than their location. Whilst you may feel it’s easier to work with a local solicitor, we’ll explore how you can still keep in touch with your solicitor if they’re located further afield.

Although we have aimed to provide you with the information you need, we understand you may still have questions. If so, you can get in touch with our team on the details below:

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Am I Limited To Local Solicitors For No Win No Fee Claims?

You’re not under any obligation to use local solicitors for No Win No Fee compensation claims. You may think that you would need to use local solicitors for injury claims that have happened in your area. But this is not the case. In the past people did not have much choice but to use solicitors that are local to them. However since the introduction of the telephone and other ways to communicate claimants now have the opportunity to pick from any solicitor in the country.

Choosing a law firm that specialises in cases similar to your own is far more beneficial than choosing a solicitor for convivence or because they are local. Location of your legal team is not a top priority generally.

Instead, it may be better to choose the most appropriate legal help you can find. For instance, you may wish to choose a solicitor that is experienced in working on claims similar to your own.

You may also want to consider whether a solicitor has a proven track record in helping claimants to get the compensation that they are entitled to.

For more information, call our team on the number above. Alternatively, continue reading for further guidance on choosing a suitable solicitor.

Why Do You Not Need To Use Local Solicitors For A No Win No Fee Service?

As discussed, you don’t have to choose a local solicitor. There are certain advantages of choosing a personal injury solicitor that is a better fit for your claim, rather than using local solicitors for convivence. We have listed some reasons below.

  • More choices: When looking further afield, you will have more options to consider. This allows you to pick the most suitable solicitor or legal firm to help you get the compensation you deserve.
  • Experience in handling claims similar to yours: When choosing a local solicitor, you may find they don’t have specific experience handling claims similar to your own. For instance, you may be making a medical negligence claim but all the local solicitors focus on personal injury claims. If you look outside your local area, you could find a solicitor with experience in the type of claim you are making.
  • Experience with the claims process: A local solicitor may only have experience with certain types of claim processes due to the claims they handle. However, a solicitor outside your local area could advise on the steps you need to take for your specific claim.

Keeping In Contact With Your Solicitor

If you don’t use local solicitors for a No Win No Fee service, how do you keep in touch with your legal firm? Generally, your claim may be handled remotely. This can save on travel expenses, time taken away from work and general inconveniences. Working with a solicitor remotely does not mean your claim will suffer. There are many ways solicitors can communicate with you.

Technology has provided us with many ways to communicate with people all over the world. These ways of contacting others save time, money and allows you to recover without the need for unnecessary travel.

We have the use of phones, text messages, emails, voice calling but to name a few. All can be used to ensure your claim is filed correctly and in full. In the rare case your claim goes to court your solicitor will be there to represent you.

Can Medical Examinations Be Carried Out In Your Area?

As part of the claims process, you may need to attend a medical appointment. This will produce a report that provides details on how bad your medical condition is. It will also highlight the future impact your condition may have and how badly it’s affected your quality of life.

If you choose to hire a No Win No Fee solicitor to represent your claim, they can arrange for you to attend the medical assessment.

If your solicitor is not local to you, this does not mean you have to visit the area they work in to have your medical examination. Your solicitor can arrange for you to have the assessment in your local area.

Can I Sign Documents Electronically?

If you don’t use local solicitors for No Win No Fee claims, how do you sign legal documents?

There are a couple of options here. Firstly, some documents can be signed electronically. If a document can’t be signed electronically, your solicitor could either send the document to you to sign. You would then send the document back to them. Or they will arrange a courier service so that any confidential documents are not sent in the post.

Furthermore, you could arrange to meet your solicitor face to face, if you would prefer this.

No Win No Fee Injury Claim Compensation Calculator

Whether you use local solicitors for a No Win No Fee service or not, if your claim is won, you will likely receive a settlement comprising:

  • General damages: Under general damages, you could seek compensation for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced as a result of any psychological or physical injuries.
  • Special damages: Under special damages, you could seek reimbursement for any past and future losses that you have incurred as a result of your injuries.

The compensation you’re awarded for your injuries under general damages will vary based on different factors unique to your case. For instance, medical evidence may be used to determine how severe your injury is and how badly it might impact you in the future.

Additionally, a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines may be used to help value your claim. This document provides bracket compensation figures for different injuries.

We have created the table below to help you understand the compensation that may be awarded for certain injuries. The figure you’re awarded for your injuries may differ from what’s listed in the table. For that reason, you should only use the figures in the table as a guide.

Type Of Injury Severity And Additional Details Possible Damages
Foot (g) Modest: Injuries such as a simple fracture of the metatarsal, ruptured ligaments or puncture wounds. Up to £12,900
Hand (b) Damage to both hands that’s serious in nature. There may be a significant loss of function. £52,310 to £79,360
Leg (c) Less serious: (ii) A simple fractured femur that doesn’t cause damage to the articular surface. £8,550 to £13,210
Brain Damage (d) Less severe: Normal functions may not have restored so some symptoms may continue to persist. However, the person will have made a good recovery. £14,380 to £40,410
Injuries Affecting Sight (b) Complete blindness in both eyes. In the region of £252,180
Chest Injuries (c) Chest and lung damage that causes some ongoing disability. £29,380 to £51,460
Digestive System (a) Damage resulting from a traumatic injury: (iii) Injuries might include a penetrating stab wound, industrial laceration or pressure from a seat-belt. £6,190 to £11,820
Neck (b) Moderate: (ii) Injuries might include soft tissue damage that seriously limits movement and causes permanent and recurring pain. £12,900 to £23,460
Knee (a) Severe: (ii) A fractured leg that extends to the knee joint and causes constant pain that is permanent. £48,920 to £65,440

If you don’t see your injury listed, you can call our team for a free valuation of your claim. They could also provide further guidance on how your compensation may be calculated.

An Overview Of Special Damages

If you successfully resolve your claim, you might be awarded special damages alongside general damages.

As mentioned above, special damages provide compensation for monetary losses. These may be financial losses already incurred, or future losses.

However, you will need to provide evidence of these losses to support your claim. Examples of the costs you could claim back under special damages might include:

  • Loss of earnings after being unable to work while recovering from your injuries.
  • The cost of additional care that you required at home while you were recovering from your injuries.
  • The cost of private medical care that wasn’t available on the NHS.

How To Contact A No Win No Fee Solicitor

We hope you have a better understanding of why you do not have to always use local solicitors for a No Win No Fee service. Instead, you may be considering looking further afield to attain a solicitor with experience handling claims similar to your own.

If so, and you wish to hire a solicitor who offers No Win No Fee services such as a CFA, we could help. An advisor can assess your claim to determine whether it’s valid and has a chance of succeeding. If your case meets the relevant criteria, an advisor could connect you with a solicitor from our panel to represent your claim.

The solicitors from our panel have experience handling various types of claims and could use their expert knowledge to help you get the compensation you deserve.

For more information on anything of which you’re unsure, get in touch on the details below:

If you have further questions, please call and speak to our claim advisors. They can help you. They can also provide you with critical information such as the personal injury claim time limit that will apply. You can contact our team using the information below.

  • Telephone: 0800 408 7825
  • Online form: Fill out the contact form with your query and an advisor will get back to you.
  • Live chat: You can speak with an advisor on the live chat function below for instant advice.

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We hope this guide on local solicitors for No Win No Fee claims has helped you understand the other options available to you. However, if you have any other questions, call our team.