You may be in a position to claim compensation if you’ve been unfortunate enough to suffer an injury or illness following an accident which wasn’t your fault. The term ‘injury’ covers a wide range of circumstances, ranging from relatively minor cuts, bruises and broken bones all the way to severe injuries such as permanent scarring, amputations or paralysis. It should also be remembered that an injury can be psychological as well as physical in nature, meaning that the ongoing stress, depression and mental anguish caused by the accident can also count as an injury. In order to make a claim for such an injury, it has to be shown that it was caused as a direct result of another party’s negligence.
Can you take on my claim?
What information will I need to provide?
The first part of any claim is picking up the phone or logging onto our website and getting in touch with a trained legal adviser. They will listen, take down the details of your situation and then advise as to whether there’s a claim to be made. Before doing this it is advisable to note down as many details of the accident as you can remember, since the more information they have, the better placed they’ll be to offer the right advice. The basic facts which always prove to be helpful are:
- Where the incident took place
- The date of the incident
- The exact circumstances
- Names and contact details of any witnesses to the incident
- Whether there are any written records of the incident, i.e. a police report or medical notes
Once the legal adviser has taken down these details they’ll decide whether to your claim is likely to succeed. If they think your claim is worth pursuing, you’ll be put in the safe hands of a personal injury lawyer, whose know-how and experience will build the best possible case. If you have any questions or concerns they’ll be answered, and any necessary paperwork will be filled in on your behalf. They will work on a No Win No fee basis, which means that you pay nothing up front and get to start your claim without any financial restraints. They only take on cases they genuinely feel confident of winning, no matter what the nature of the accident, from simple trips and falls to complex medical negligence cases.
Do injury lawyers have experience working on my type of case?
Most personal injury lawyers are experts who have worked on hundreds of cases, with many of these having been based around workplace injuries or conditions such as repetitive strain injury, which can come about as a result of long term inadequacies in health and safety provisions. They are also experienced in handling cases involving road traffic accidents, criminal injury, medical negligence, trips, slips and falls, and many more.
Will an injury solicitor work on a no win no fee basis?
As more and more UK personal injury victims learn about no win no fee claims, more and more injury solicitors begin to offer their services on that basis. Victims love that no win no fee claims offer no risk, financial stability and the chance at justice. Injury solicitors understand the appeal and many are beginning to cater to those needs.
That is why almost all injury solicitors work on a no win no fee basis. Our partners work with the most professional solicitors in the UK in order to bring you the peace of mind you deserve. While not all cases can be handled on a no win no fee basis, the majority of solicitors have experience with that method.
Our partners work with a variety of injury solicitors from across the UK, including car accident specialists, medical negligence specialists, slip and fall specialists, and more! This ensures that you receive expert advice in regards to your specific claim and that you receive local help.
The no win no fee method is so popular because it is inclusive. It does not exclude anyone or prevent anyone from receiving compensation for their personal injuries. Also, there is very limited risk financially.
If you win your no win no fee claim, you compensation and solicitor success fee is taken as a percentage of this compensation (maximum of 25%). If you lose your no win no fee claim, you do not have to pay your solicitor fees.
Clearly, anyone can benefit from this method. Anyone can afford to make a no win no fee personal injury claim, receive the compensation they deserve and achieve peace of mind. That’s why the method is so popular!
What does an injury lawyer do?
This is a common question among first time personal injury victims. In the media, working with lawyers is portrayed as both expensive and unhelpful. In reality, working with lawyers is typically inexpensive and invaluable. That statement is especially true when it comes to working with injury lawyers. Before you proceed with your personal injury claim, take a minute to fully understand what an injury lawyer does and how that can benefit you.
An injury lawyer is a legal professional who has decided to specialize in helping victims obtain the peace of mind and compensation they deserve. An injury lawyer is someone sincerely interested in your wellbeing and in your claim’s success. Unlike in the movies, injury lawyers want to make a difference and provide real value to people just like you during their time of need.
Does that sound like someone you would want on your side? Injury lawyers are UK personal injury law experts. They have studied the topic for years and have experience in leading their clients to successful claims.
Navigating the world of UK personal injury law can be extremely confusing. If it can be confusing for lawyers who don’t specialize in it, imagine how confusing it can be to injury victims. Understanding and managing an injury case adds stress and complexity to life during a hectic time. That is where injury lawyers come in.
They start by examining the situation and helping you craft your claim. They help obtain and organize evidence, find and interpret related injury laws, identify and communicate with the opposing party, and much more! Above all, they bring the legal know-how and experience needed to obtain compensation for their clients.
Why would I want to work with an injury lawyer?
Most personal injury victims simply do not feel comfortable making a claim themselves. Of course, they turn to an injury lawyer for advice and assistance. There are, however, many other reasons you would want to work with one. Here are just three of those reasons!
1. Less Stress
Working with someone who has both knowledge and experience in the personal injury world is obviously a big help.
2. More Success
Injury lawyers know how to navigate the personal injury claim process, which gives them the advantage needed to achieve success.
3. Having a Friend
The idea of making a personal injury claim alone can be disheartening. A personal injury lawyer is more than happy to help and will truly fight for you!
Does it cost anything to hire a personal injury lawyer?
It’s no surprise that this is a big question for personal injury victims. Why wouldn’t someone worry about finances during a period of such uncertainty? Hiring a personal injury lawyer can seem like a risky investment if you don’t know all of the facts. Before you make a final decision about hiring a personal injury lawyer, be sure to explore all that they have to offer.
Here are the three biggest personal injury lawyer myths! Find out which of your assumptions are wrong and why you should be open to talking to a professional.
1. They cost too much money!
Despite popular belief, working with a personal injury lawyer is extremely cost effective. In fact, most work on a no win no fee basis. That means that it literally costs you nothing to hire one.
If you win your no win no fee claim, you receive compensation and your solicitor’s success fee is taken from this (up to a maximum of 25%). If you lose, as the name suggests, you are not responsible for the lawyer fees.
Don’t believe everything you hear! Most personal injury lawyers don’t get paid unless you do.
2. Personal injury law is DIY.
Personal injury law is definitely not something you can do yourself. Unless you are well versed in UK injury law, you will have trouble navigating your way through a claim alone. There is negotiation, gathering and presenting evidence, researching and arguing specific laws, and much more involved.
The point is that personal injury law is not something you can learn overnight. It’s something lawyers have spent years practising and even longer studying. In almost all cases, you do not want to turn your personal injury claim into a DIY project.
3. A regular lawyer will do just fine.
Just as a criminal lawyer is not necessarily suited for corporate law, a public lawyer is not necessarily suited for personal injury law. Personal injury law tends to be complicated and highly specific. If you’re seeking compensation and justice, you want someone with experience and expertise. The best way to ensure you get just that is by hiring a personal injury lawyer instead of a public lawyer.
Remember, most lawyers specialize and excel in a specific type of law. You wouldn’t hire a corporate lawyer to defend you in a criminal court, so why take a similar chance when it comes to personal injury?
Do I have to go to court?
It may surprise you to hear that as much as 85% of compensation cases never even reach court, since it’s often cheaper and easier to settle before then, but if your case does make it to court, the knowledge that you have an expert arguing on your behalf will greatly ease any stress involved.
What happens if I lose my case?
Losing your personal injury case is obviously the worst case scenario. No one seeks a claim hoping to lose, so it can be a disappointing reality. Of course, you’re bound to be a little disheartened, but the big question is: what exactly happens if you lose your case?
The answer to that question can be broken down into three segments. Before you get too concerned about losing your case, learn the specifics of no win no fee claims. While it’s not ideal to lose your case, it’s definitely not the end of the world or your financial stability.
If you lose your case, it is likely because you were unable to adequately prove that the injury was the result of someone else’s negligence or wilful intent. Alternatively, you may not have adequately proved that your injury required compensation.
Does that sound like you? If so, you are out of luck in terms of compensation. If you lose your case, you are not going to receive compensation. You will only receive compensation if you win your case!
The great thing about no win no fee claims is that even if you lose your case, you will not have to pay your injury solicitor any fees. This means that there is no harm in trying to obtain compensation on the no win no fee basis. If you win, you receive compensation. If you lose, you do not owe a penny.
Your solicitor will not be paid unless you win your case. Therefore, if you lose your case, no one will pay your solicitor fees. This works out well because you always know that your solicitor has your best interest at heart.
No win no fee solicitors compensate for the nature of their cases by only accepting those that they believe they can win. It only makes sense that they would choose this route. Why would they want to spend time working on a case that they do not believe can win? They are very concerned with winning each of their cases in order to receive payment for their time and effort.