No Win No Fee Questions

 

Can I make a compensation claim on behalf of someone else?

In the vast majority of cases a person injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence will be the one making a claim for compensation. If you’ve suffered and lost money because someone else didn’t behave in a reasonable manner then you’ve every right to seek compensation, both in recognition of your pain and distress and in order to ensure that you’re no worse off than you would have been if the accident in question hadn’t happened. There are some cases, however, in which the person making the claim won’t actually be the one involved in the accident.
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Can every type of claim be pursued on a no win no fee basis?

The no win no fee system was introduced in the year 2000 to replace the need to claim legal aid when pursuing compensation in a case of personal injury. The guiding principle of the system is that a person deciding whether to launch a claim for personal injury should be able to make that decision on the basis of the facts of the case, rather than having to wonder if they can afford the legal fees. Put simply, you won’t have to pay your injury solicitor any money up front in order to put your case together and if you’re awarded compensation you’ll be allowed to keep it all, with your lawyers’ fees being paid by the other side.
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Will I be out of pocket if I lose my no win no fee claim?

Personal injury compensation, above all else, is all about justice. Negative coverage in the media, as well as some of the policies pursued by the government, have fuelled a conception that making a claim in the event of an accident is all about cashing in; a kind of alternative lottery win. Admittedly, some of the more disreputable operators in the field may have done their bit to bolster this impression, but legitimate no win no fee lawyers will only take on the strongest, most deserving cases in an attempt to ensure that the victims of negligence receive the compensation they genuinely deserve.
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Do all no win no fee claims have to be decided in court?

Most no win no fee claims revolve around two different sides of a situation, both giving their versions of what they feel is the truth. If you’ve been injured in an accident which you feel was caused by the negligence of another party then it’s only fair that you should be able to seek compensation. Not only will this reimburse you for expenses which have arisen as a direct result of the accident, but it will also allow you to pick yourself up and get on with the rest of your life. If your injuries prevent you from earning a living as you used to then this will be reflected in the amount of money you’re awarded, as will the pain and distress you’ve been through.
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How much will I have to pay to start a no win no fee claim?

The phrase ‘no win no fee’ is one which is often misunderstood by people considering making a claim for compensation. Media representations of a ‘compensation culture’ and the idea that anyone claiming in the event of an injury is merely attempting to cash in have created something of a stigma. No win no fee is part of this since, at first glance, it can sound like it’s simply too good to be true.
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What happens if I lose?

No win, no fee personal injury solicitors rarely take on a case if they don’t think they will be successful. After all, under the no win, no fee agreement, if a claim for personal injury compensation fails, a solicitor doesn’t get paid. However, occasionally a claim for compensation does fail and in these circumstances, it is important you understand what happens.
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What happens if I win?

The majority of personal injury claims made through no win, no fee solicitors are successful. This is because most expert solicitors know they won’t get paid if they lose, and consequently won’t take cases that they don’t think have a good prospect of winning. In fact, most cases are settled without the need for the claimant to actually go to court. Even if court action is necessary, most personal injury claims through a no win, no fee solicitor result in a successful outcome.
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What is a no win no fee claim?

Most people have heard of no win, no fee, but not everybody understand exactly what it means. No win, no fee agreements are made between solicitors and clients for certain types of cases, such as those dealing with personal injury. They involve a solicitor agreeing to waive any fees unless a case is resolved successfully. This means that you don’t have to pay a thing if you don’t win your personal injury claim.
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How long will my injury claim take?

Personal injury claims can vary with regards to the time it takes to reach a conclusion. Different factors can affect this. Perhaps the most important factor is whether or not you are represented by an experienced personal injury solicitor who will see to it that your claim is dealt with quickly and effectively. However, other factors can affect the length of time that it takes to complete a claim, such as how easy it is to establish who is at fault, the time taken to negotiate the right amount of compensation and whether or not you have to go to court.
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How does the ‘no win, no fee’ system work?

No win, no fee is often misunderstood. Essentially, it is an agreement between a client and a solicitor that states that if a case is lost then the solicitor will waive all their legal fees. No win, no fee came about after a change in Legal Aid in 1995. Before that date, if you wanted to make a personal injury claim then you could apply for Legal Aid to pay for the hiring of a solicitor. However, after the government stopped Legal Aid for civil disputes, solicitors took cases on the basis of ‘no win, no fee’ to ensure that everybody could have access to the courts.
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