What Is No Win No Fee? Free Compensation Claims Guide
Want to find out what no win no fee means and does? Our free 6 point guide will help victims understand everything you need to know to help start your compensation claims.
What Does No Win No Fee Actually Mean?
Many people have heard of no win no fee agreements (also known as ‘success fee’ agreements or conditional fee arrangements), but most people are a little unclear on the details. We believe that the best way to access expert legal advice in a way that is affordable is to use our services on a no win no fee basis.
The most important thing with a no win no fee personal injury claim is that you don’t have to pay anything up front. Once you have signed the agreement, we are able to act on your behalf as your solicitors without you having to spend anything. This can be especially important in the aftermath of an accident or injury, as this is often a time of huge financial pressures.
Once we have got a no win no fee agreement in place, you can leave it all to us, as we progress your claim and negotiate your compensation. You only have to pay for our services once you have received your compensation. Our fees will be an agreed percentage of that compensation, meaning that you always receive the lion’s share of the compensation payment. If we are not able to get you the compensation you deserve, you won’t owe a penny. This means that you don’t need to worry that you will be left worse off as a result of putting in a claim for the compensation you deserve.
We will also make sure that you are aware of the details of our fees in advance of making any decisions, including making it clear to you how much compensation you will receive in your pocket before you accept an offer. This way, you are in control of the process at all times and there are no unpleasant surprises.
Unfortunately, there are a few cases where we would not be able to offer our services on a no win no fee basis, for example in cases of medical negligence, but if you are in this position we will make this clear to you and talk through your options for alternative funding solutions to make sure that you are as protected as possible.
If you have any questions about how a no win no fee claim works, or if you would like to begin your no win no fee personal injury claim, call us on 0121 565 4317 or claim online to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.
How Does Making A No Win No Fee Personal Injury Claim Work?
Making any kind of a legal claim can be worrying, so we have put together a step by step guide to making your no win no fee claim with us.
- Talk To Us About Your Potential Claim
You can get in touch with us by calling on 0121 565 4317 or by filling out our short, online form. Whether you call or apply online, we will still need to talk to you to make sure that we properly understand your case. It’s important that we fully understand your claim in order to give you the best possible service. The sheer quantity of information can seem daunting, but our compassionate, expert team of no win no fee solicitors are highly experienced and know exactly what to ask. You don’t need to have all of the information to hand. We will guide you through the process.
- Hire Your Solicitor With A No Win No Fee Agreement
If your claim is suitable for a no win no fee arrangement, we will explain the details of our contract with you. This is a legal document and will include our obligations to you, an explanation of how (and how much) we get paid and makes the agreement between us formal. We will also let you know the range of compensation we would expect you to receive if your claim is successful. You will not need to pay us anything to get started with your no win no fee claim. We are paid at the end of the case and if we don’t win, you don’t have to pay anything.
- We Notify The Other Party
Once you have signed a no win no fee contract with us, we are able to work on your behalf. We will write to the person who was at fault in your accident or injury explaining the claim you are making and giving them a set period of time to respond. This is a legal document which gives them the opportunity to admit that they were at fault for the accident (this is known as accepting liability) or to claim that they were not to blame (denying liability). If they accept liability, all that is left is to decide on the most appropriate level of compensation for your injuries. Quite often the other party (also known as the respondent) will deny liability, at least at first. This isn’t something to worry about.
- Gathering Evidence
If the respondent denies liability for your accident or injury, we will investigate on your behalf and gather evidence to prove that they were at fault. In the case of a car accident, for example, this could include the police report, a statement from your mechanic and statements from any eye witnesses. Because you have chosen a no win no fee arrangement, you won’t have to pay for any reports or investigations yourself, meaning that we can get the highest quality evidence without you having to worry about the cost. Once we have done this, most respondents will admit liability. Remember that we will have discussed your no win no fee claim with you as the very first step, so we know that you have a strong case.
Almost all of our cases are resolved at this stage, but a few respondents will continue to deny liability. If this is the case, you may have to go to court. Our expert personal injury solicitors will be with you and supporting you through every step of the process, in the unlikely event that this happens to you. If you go to court, the settlement will usually be decided by the court, rather than negotiated between solicitors.
- Negotiating Your Settlement
Once liability has been established, the solicitors for the other side will make an offer for how much compensation they are willing to pay. You are never under any obligation to accept an offer. It can be hard to know whether an offer is fair or not, but we will be able to explain any factors in your case which make an impact on the amount of compensation you should receive. We will let you know whether we believe that an offer of compensation is fair or not, but accepting it will still be your decision.
Once the level of compensation has been agreed by both sides, the case is considered settled and you will receive your payment. It is only at this stage that you will need to pay our fees, as this comes out of your settlement. All costs will be those we discussed initially in our no win no fee agreement, so there won’t be any nasty surprises.
What Types Of Injuries Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim For?
Common personal injury compensation claims offered on a
no win no fee basis include those arising from:
- Car Accident Claims
- Accident at Work Claims
- Supermarket Claims
- Forklift Accident Claims
- Ladder Fall Claims
- Hotel Accident Claims
- Factory Accident Claims
- Motorbike Accident Claims
- Gym Accident Claims
- Warehouse Accident Claims
- Construction Claims
The injuries for which you can make a personal injury compensation claim
is also very wide, including:
- Toe Injury Claims
- Neck Injury Claims
- Whiplash Injury Claims
- Hand Injury Claims
- Back Injury Claims
- Leg Injury Claims
- Amputation Claims
- Eye Injury Claims
- Spinal Injury Claims
- Brain Injury Claims
- Arm Injury Claims
- Teeth Injury Claims
- Head Injury Claims
- Elbow Injury Claims
- Knee Injury Claims
- Foot Injury Claims
Although these lists are long, they are not exhaustive. If your accident or injury is not included in these lists, please call us on 0121 565 4317 or claim online to discuss the possibility of making a personal injury compensation claim. Our team will be happy to discuss your case with you and give you our honest, unbiased advice based on years of experience of personal injury compensation claims. We will give you our estimate of the likelihood of your claim being successful and the amount of compensation we believe you might be entitled to. We will also explain whether we are able to offer our services on a no win no fee basis. If we are not able to offer you a no win no fee agreement, we will discuss alternative funding options with you.
How Much Can I Claim In A No Win No Fee Compensation Claim?
Compensation in all personal injury claims is made up of several factors. The first relates to the nature of the injury itself and is designed to compensate you for the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your injury. The amount of compensation you might receive for this is set by the Judicial College (a national governing body) and is in broad ranges. The ranges are deliberately very wide, to allow for the huge variation in injuries and prognosis (the likelihood of getting better).
The other part of your compensation claim comes from the costs and losses you might have suffered as a result of your accident and injury. These might include having to make changes to your and any other costs associated with your care and rehabilitation. If you are unable to work as a result of your injury, or if you have to change careers, you may also be able to claim for loss of earnings and loss of potential future earnings. The purpose of this type of compensation is to help you to get your life back as close to where it would have been if you hadn’t experienced your accident and injury.
If you would like to know more about how much compensation you might be eligible to receive following your accident or injury, call us on 0121 565 4317 or claim online to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.