What Does No Win No Fee Mean?

Our free guide help victims understand what no win no fee means and how our solicitors can help you start your claim.

When you’ve suffered an accident or injury, the phrase ‘no win no fee’ seems to be everywhere, but it is important to understand exactly what does this mean.

No win no fee (also known as a conditional fee arrangement or a success fee agreement) means that you do not pay your solicitor per hour that they work on your case.

Rather, we will work on your case at no charge, on the understanding that, if we are able to get you the compensation you deserve, we will be entitled to a percentage of the compensation awarded as payment.

This means that we take the risk in your claim. You will not pay anything if we are unable to win your case for you.

We believe that this risk-free, low-stress way of making a personal injury claim is the best option for the vast majority of our clients.

Don’t worry about finding the money to pay for legal services before beginning your claim. As you sign a no win no fee agreement with us, we will act on your behalf and begin to progress your claim.

NO WIN, NO FEE

Legal fees can be expensive and, if left unchecked, could easily amount to more than the compensation awarded especially for the more complex cases. This is why our no win no fee agreements put a cap on our fees at a percentage of your compensation payment. This means that you will not pay a penny in legal fees if we are not able to obtain the compensation you deserve and also that, if we win, you know that you will get the large majority of the compensation that you are awarded. This peace of mind allows you to concentrate on getting better while we deal with the process of making your claim.

How Would I Go About Making A No Win No Fee Claim For My Accident Or Injury?

The first step in making a no win no fee personal injury compensation claim is to call us. Dial 0121 565 4317 or claim online. We will then discuss the details of your case. Find out whether we are able to offer our services on a no win no fee basis. If we are not able to offer this, we will discuss alternative funding methods. It is to ensure that you are still able to get the help you need in a way that is affordable.

We contact the responsible

Once you have signed an agreement with us, we are able to act on your behalf. We will write to you’re the person at fault for your accident or injury. In this, we’ll inform them that you are making a personal injury compensation claim. We will ask them to accept that they were at fault. They will have a deadline by which they will have to respond.

We’ll gather evidence

If this person or organization does not accept liability, we will set about gathering evidence. These will show that your personal injury compensation was their fault. This could be through getting photos of any faulty equipment. Also obtaining witness statements, or and in some cases by seeking written reports from industry experts or specialists. Once they have been presented with the collected evidence, most people or organizations will accept their liability. If not, we may need to go to court to obtain the compensation you deserve, but this is unusual.

Negotiations

Once the other party accepts liability, we will conduct negotiations on your behalf. We would agree with the amount of compensation you will receive. Although we will deal with all of the correspondence and conversations, you are completely in control of this process. We will tell you all offers they made and give you advice whether the offer is fair or not. Often, the other party will make a very low offer as their first offer. It is to see whether you will accept it and also to set your expectations lower. This is a lowball offer. It can be difficult to know how much compensation is fair and reasonable. We will give you impartial advice throughout the negotiations. Although we are advising you, the final is always yours. You’ll decide whether to accept an offer of compensation or not will always rest with you.

If the other party does not accept liability, you may need to go to court to put forward your case. This is very rare. But if you are unlucky enough to find yourself in that position, we will be with you throughout, offering advice, support, and assistance.

No Win No Fee Claims

Almost all of our clients accept our services on a no win no fee basis. This is because it is the easiest and least risky way of accessing legal help to make a claim. There are a very few cases, such as medical negligence cases, where we are not able to offer a no win no fee agreement, but we would discuss this with you if you fall into this category and would offer alternative funding models to find something that worked for you.

In general, you will be able to make a no win no fee personal injury compensation claim if your accident or injury fulfills a number of criteria.

  • It occurred in a place or as a result of the actions of someone who had a responsibility to keep you safe. This is the case for almost all public spaces, such as offices, shops, public parks, and also on the roads.
  • The accident or injury could have reasonably been predicted or foreseen. This doesn’t mean that the other person actually did predict that this could have happened. It is based on whether they should have predicted this. In some circumstances, there is an expectation that the other person should actually have put some effort into thinking about possible accidents. An example of this would be your employer if your accident happened at work.
  • The other person did not take sufficient action to prevent or mitigate your accident or injury. This means that you can still make a personal injury compensation claim, even if the other party took some action to improve safety. It comes down to an assessment of whether the actions they took were reasonable and sufficient.

No Win No Fee Meaning

How Much Compensation Am I Likely To Receive For My Accident Claim?

It is impossible to give an accurate estimate of the likely compensation payment for your personal injury compensation claim without knowing the full details of your case. This is why our expert team takes the time to fully understand your unique situation. In more general terms, however, your compensation can be divided into two parts.

The first part of your compensation payment following a successful personal injury compensation claim is for the pain and suffering of the injury itself. This will usually be within guidelines published by the Judicial College (a national governing body). These guidelines give broad ranges for the amount of compensation due to different types of injury. The ranges are very broad in order to account for the highly individual nature of injuries. It is to ensure that the most appropriate sum will be awarded. Our team will give you a better idea of where on this scale your personal injury compensation is likely to fall.

What does the compensation amount do?

This is only the first part of your compensation payment, however. It will get your life back on track. The purpose of compensation is to help you get as close as possible to your life before the accident. It is impossible for some injuries, but we want to get your life back as much as we can. This part of your claim would include any loss of earnings you may incur due to your accident. It also includes the loss of future earnings, if you are unable to continue in your previous career. And, any modifications you may require to help you adapt to your new life. This provides you with alternative equipment to continue with your previous activities.

In many cases, this part of the compensation award can far exceed the amount they give for pain and suffering. This is in accordance with the Judicial College guidelines. We highlight areas where you are making costly changes to your life that you deserve compensation for. This enables us to make sure that you receive the full compensation you deserve.

If you have any questions about how to make a no win no fee personal injury compensation claim, or if you would like to begin the process, call us on 0121 565 4317 or claim online to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.

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