There are pages and pages of advice on the internet about how to claim accident compensation, but claimants will need to bear in mind that significant changes to the legal process apply from 1st April 2013
They would do well, therefore, to check carefully that they are reading up-to-date pages and to be aware that conditions of how to claim accident compensation change from this date.
First of all, under the current ‘no win, no fee*’ arrangement, formally known as the Conditional Fee Arrangement, the present practice of the entire “success fee” – that is, the legal representative’s fees – being picked up by the losing side, is about to change. As a rule of thumb, the winner of the case will now be expected to contribute 25% out of their award. One quarter of the cake doesn’t sound much, but as an example, for an award of three thousand pounds, seven hundred and fifty is quite a lot of money, if the legal fees are running quite high. For somebody getting rehabilitation over weeks or months, a few hundred pounds can cover quite a bit of physiotherapy, which is also expensive.
When asking how to claim accident compensation, the claimant should ask his legal representative exactly how the figures might turn out in both a winning and a losing outcome. This is important, since the tab for the loser of a case can be a high one, with two sets of legal fees, and court fees on top and all the rest of it. The solicitor will know if it is possible for the claimant to take out insurance to cover legal fees if the claimant doesn’t win. In any case, if he feels the claimant’s case is not strong, he may advise against proceeding. For claimants who are confident about how to claim accident compensation and feel they have a strong case, there is still time to act now before the law changes.