If you’re thinking about making a personal injury claim, you might be wondering whether you could fund the solicitor’s service with a No Win No Fee agreement. Well, if you’ve been injured in an accident at work, a car accident, a slip trip or fall or any other type of accident due to the negligence of a third party that should have been protecting your safety, a No Win No Fee solicitor might help you to seek damages for your suffering. Technically, you don’t have to pay to claim compensation. Although you may incur fees along the way such as medical reports, police reports and administration costs. However, if you want to be represented by a specialist personal injury lawyer, No Win No Fee services can make the claims process a lot less stressful. That’s because you’ll benefit from specialist legal representation but won’t need to pay for it unless you’re compensated.
If you do wish to start a claim, we are here to support you. Our specialist advisors can review your claim without obligation and provide free advice about your options. Where there are grounds to proceed, we could pass your claim to a personal injury solicitor from our panel who’ll provide a No Win No Fee claim service if your case is accepted.
To learn more about how solicitors provide No Win No Fee claim services, please read on. Alternatively, please call our team on 0800 408 7825 today if you’d like to discuss your claim straight away.
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- What Is A No Win No Fee Claim?
- How Do No Win No Fee Claims Work?
- What Accidents And Injuries Could I Claim For?
- What Percentage Does A No Win No Fee Solicitor Take?
- Do I Need To Use No Win No Fee Solicitors Near Me
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- Contact Us Today
- More Information On Making A Claim
What Is A No Win No Fee Claim?
We know many people have questions about No Win No Fee solicitors. Therefore, in this article, we’ll try to answer some of the more common ones like:
- What percentage does a No Win No Fee solicitor take?
- What’s the catch with No Win No Fee?
- Is it really No Win No Fee?
- Is No Win No Fee a good idea?
No Win No Fee is an umbrella term for different types of agreements called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), Contingency Fee Agreement, or a Damages Based Agreement (DBA). Essentially all mean that unless the claim is won no payment is made to the solicitor.
The CFA funds the service of the solicitor. Importantly, it allows your solicitor to work for you without charging any fees upfront. So, if you are compensated for your injuries, you’ll pay your solicitor a success fee. Therefore, if your case doesn’t work out, you don’t need to pay the fee. Success fees are capped by law. Additionally, they are listed in the CFA as a percentage of your compensation that will be deducted by your solicitor to cover the cost of their work. We’ll explain what percentage solicitors take under No Win No Fee claim agreements later on.
Any solicitor offering No Win No Fee services will need to check that your claim has a reasonable chance of success before taking you on as a client. They’ll want to check whether:
- You were owed a duty of care under the law to keep you as safe as is practically possible.
- An accident occurred because this duty of care was breached; and
- You were injured as a direct result of the accident; and
- The accident happened within the last 3-years.
Some exceptions to the time limit apply like claims involving children or those where your injuries were not immediately obvious. Please call if you’d like to confirm how long you have left to make your claim.
How Do No Win No Fee Claims Work?
Personal injury solicitors offering their services on a No Win No Fee basis do a lot of work. If your claim is accepted, they will:
- Discuss your case in detail with you to fully understand how you’ve been affected.
- Contact the defendant to let them know you’re going to claim.
- Book an independent medical assessment.
- Gather evidence to try and prove what happened.
- Compile the claim and send it to the defendant.
- Handle all communication so you’re not bombarded with complex medical or legal questioning.
- Try to counter any arguments over liability.
- Support you throughout the case and provide regular updates.
- Try to ensure you receive the maximum level of compensation possible.
As you can see, it’s not simply a case of asking for a lump sum payment. No Win No Fee claim solicitors need to justify every penny of compensation you request and be prepared to fight your corner if the defendant’s insurers don’t accept your version of events.
What Accidents And Injuries Could I Claim For?
The personal injury solicitors from our panel can offer No Win No Fee claim services for any of the following:
- Road traffic accident claims.
- Public place accident claims.
- Medical negligence claims.
- Whiplash claims.
- Slip and fall claims.
- Holiday accident claims.
- Accident at work claims.
- Criminal injury claims.
Evidence To Support Your Claim
To improve your chances of being taken on by a solicitor offering a No Win No Fee claim service, you should try to collect evidence to prove who was at fault, how you were injured and how the accident occurred. The type of evidence you could use includes:
- Medical records.
- Details of any witnesses.
- CCTV or dashcam footage.
- Photographic evidence.
- Accident reports.
- Financial documents to show any losses you’ve sustained.
What Percentage Does A No Win No Fee Solicitor Take?
In 2012, the law changed how solicitors fees can be paid. Before, your solicitor’s success fee could be claimed from the defendant so you’d keep 100% of any compensation you received. That is no longer allowed so your solicitor can deduct up to 25% under a Conditional Fee Agreement of your compensation as a success fee.
While many solicitors do charge the full 25% success fee, those on our panel are able, in some cases, to reduce it to 15%. After your case has been reviewed properly, they’ll be able to advise whether this is possible in your case.
Do I Need To Use No Win No Fee Solicitors Near Me
It’s important to note that you do not need to limit your search for a solicitor or law firm based in your area. That’s because the solicitors on our panel process claims online, via email and on the telephone. This means you don’t have to spend time travelling to their offices for face to face meetings if you do not want to.
Importantly, all of the solicitors on our panel are registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). That means that you can trust that they work within the SRA’s principles and code of conduct.
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General and special damages make up the compensation awarded in successful claims. General damages look to compensate you for the pain and suffering caused by the injury or illness. Whereas special damages will help to recuperate financial losses you have experienced because of your suffering.
Let’s now look at how much compensation might be paid for your injuries. To help with this, we’ve supplied a compensation table detailing figures from the Judicial College guidelines.
|Affected Body Part||Severity Level||Settlement Bracket||Notes|
|Jaw||Fracture (ii)||£16,860 to £28,610||These injuries will involve serious fractures that result in permanent consequences. For example, the claimant will find it difficult to eat.|
|Face||Disfigurement (c)||£8,550 to £28,240||Cases where facial scarring has been reduced by plastic surgery and where psychological impact is not great.|
|Shoulder||Minor (d)||£2,300 to £4,080||Injuries to the soft tissue in the shoulder where surgery isn't necessary and recovery takes less than a year.|
|Shoulder||Serious (b)||£11,980 to £18,020||Covers injuries like a dislocated shoulder with damage to the brachial plexus causing pain in the shoulder and neck.|
|Back||Minor (i)||£7,410 to £11,730||Soft tissue injures that don't require surgery but take 2-5 years to resolve.|
|Hand||Less Serious (g)||£13,570 to £27,220||Includes crush injuries that significantly reduce function.|
|Leg||Amputation (iv)||£91,950 to £124,800||This bracket is for the below-knee amputation of a single leg.|
|Knee||Moderate (ii)||up to £12,900||Covers bruising, lacerations and twisting injuries which result in aching and pain.|
|Psychiatric Damage||Moderate (c)||£5,500 to £17,900||The claimant will suffer significantly but they will have started to recover and receive a good prognosis.|
Importantly, to demonstrate the severity of your injuries, a medical assessment will be needed as part of the claims process. You don’t need to worry about this. It will require a meeting with an independent medical expert who’ll examine you, talk with you about the impact of your injuries and review your medical evidence. After they’ve finished, they’ll supply a report for everybody involved in the claim.
On top of claiming for your injuries, you could also include any costs, expenses or losses associated with your injuries. These are for special damages and might include any medical costs, care costs, lost wages or travel expenses.
Contact Us Today
You’ve almost completed our guide on No Win No Fee claim services. If you would like us to review your claim for free, you can:
- Call our advice centre on 0800 408 7825.
- Use our live chat service to find out your options.
- Complete our contact form so that we can call you back.
More Information On Making A Claim
In this final section, we have linked to some additional resources that you might find useful.
Public Liability Claims – Advice on when you could claim against a company’s public liability insurance policy if they’ve caused you to suffer.
Public Transport Accidents – Information on claiming if injured on a bus, tram or train.
Claiming Against The Council – Details on when you could claim for injuries caused by the local authority.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority – A scheme that could compensate you for injuries caused by crime.
The Health and Safety Executive – Providing support to businesses to improve workplace safety.
Broken Bones – NHS information about checking for broken bones.
We also have some other guides you may find useful:
- Public accident claims hot spots
- Council slip and trip accidents
- Public transport accidents
- How to make a public liability claim
- Making a claim against the council
- Claiming for a pothole injury
- Making a claim against a shop
- Accidents in a public park
- Cycling accident claims
- Claiming for injuries suffered while shopping
Thanks for reading our guide on using a No Win No Fee claim solicitor.
Article by RA