No Win No Fee Claims
What does no win no fee actually mean?
The phrase 'no win no fee' is one frequently adopted by personal injury solicitors and the firms they work for. If you've been injured, made unwell, or have suffered a loss due to the negligence of a third party, you've every right to make a claim for compensation.
Any claim you do decide to make will have a far greater chance of success if you employ the services of a reputable and experienced solicitor. Before taking the plunge and embarking on this course of action however, it's wise to make sure you have a firm grasp of exactly what commonly used legal phrases such as 'no win no fee' actually mean.
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Making a successful claim for compensation relies on two factors. The first is that you've suffered some kind of injury (physical, or psychological), or developed an illness. The second factor is that the event which caused this to happen came about as the result of negligent behaviour by a third party. This third party might be an individual, a business, or a body such as a council. Whichever applies, you will have to demonstrate the party acted in a less responsible manner than you might reasonably expect.
Phrases usually used within advertising copy for personal injury solicitors include 'no win no fee' and '100% compensation'. 'No win no fee' actually means if a legal company feels you have a good chance of winning your claim, they will pursue it without charging you anything. This is because the company's legal fees and charges will be paid from any compensation won, should the claim prove successful. If, on the other hand, you're unfortunate enough to lose your case, any costs, including those incurred by the other party, will be covered by an insurance policy implemented at the start of the process. This policy has two main effects. Firstly, it means finance doesn't have to play a part in determining whether a person can make a claim or not - those who feel unfairly treated have every right to seek compensation, and 'no win no fee' means access to legal aid is democratised. Secondly, this insurance means you get to keep the majority of any compensation awarded.
If you feel you may be in a position to make a claim, then call us on 0808 115 0700 and our trained advisers will take down your details. They'll then provide you a free and honest appraisal of your chances of success, as well as fully explain the 'no win no fee' system and whether your claim would fall within its remit. Since we don't get paid unless a claimant is successful, we only take on cases we're genuinely confident of winning, and we always ensure we build the best case possible.
When can I make a No Win No Fee Claim
There are occasional exceptions to the no win no fee rule. These exceptions usually apply to some medical negligence and criminal injury claims, both of which can be among the most complex and difficult cases to pursue. In such cases, you may be asked to enter into a 'conditional fee arrangement'. This means t you purchase an insurance policy to cover the legal costs should you lose. In most cases, however, insurance policies of this kind are known as 'self-underwritten', which means that even if you do lose you still won't have to pay for either the legal bills, or the costs of the insurance itself.
While the phrases 'no win no fee' and '100% compensation' may seem interchangeable, they actually have slightly different meanings. All 'no win no fee' cases are completely free of charge should you lose, but those covered by conditional fee arrangements may require you to pay a percentage of your compensation if you win. If either phrase applies to your case, we'll make sure we explain such in full detail, and we won't pursue your case any further until you know exactly what's financially involved. One exception to this rule revolves around cases pursued in Scotland, where conditional fee arrangements are much more common due to the way in which the legal system works there.
If you still have any questions over how the 'no win no fee' system works or its definition, don't hesitate to call us on 0808 115 0700, or contact us via the claim form at the top - we'll answer any questions you may have fully, clearly and honestly. If you've been hurt and it wasn't your fault, you've every right to be compensated and we'll make it our business to see that you are.
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