Most of us during the course of our lives will experience some form of accident or injury. If you feel that another party was somehow responsible, you may wish to make a claim for compensation. However, as we are deluged daily with information on litigation and personal injury claims, you may find the whole area to be somewhat confusing. You may wonder what your rights are, in particular with the question of no win no fee – who does this apply to?
No win no fee is an aspect of the British justice system enshrined in law. For many years now, it has been the true that the party that loses a court case is liable to pay the legal fees, along with any court costs incurred by the winner. You can approach Accident Advice Helpline to take on your case on a no win no fee basis for a number of reasons: you may have slipped over on a wet floor during a visit to the supermarket, had a heavy object fall on you whilst at work or suffered an injury as a result of a road traffic accident.
There are also other factors that we may ask you about before proceeding with your claim; this is to establish how successful your case might be. You will be asked if the accident took place within the last three years; this is because there is a limited timeframe within which you need to claim, although there are certain exceptions. Next, we will ask about the medical attention you received; this can have been at the hands of your regular GP or in a hospital. Such a visit will have resulted in the compiling of medical notes regarding your injury. From these notes, along with listening to your personal views, our legal team can assess the severity of your injuries and the way in which they affect your life.
We will ask whether you feel the injury you received was as a direct result of negligence: was someone driving recklessly or should your employer have ensured that the loose item was properly stored, for example? Our questions may seem intrusive, but please remember that they are not designed to be accusatory. Our team have to always bear in mind the question “no win no fee – who does this apply to?” It’s part of their job.
Since the abolition of legal aid in 1998, people who feel they have a valid personal injury case to pursue were given the option of a no win no fee compensation claim. As we all know, legal fees can be prohibitively high for the average claimant. This is often the most significant factor in someone’s decision to drop, or never initiate, proceedings. Furthermore, in most cases it is not possible to receive any funding for legal help to make your claim, but using a no win no fee type of representation from a solicitor circumvents this issue entirely. In technical terms, the phrase no win no fee refers to a written agreement known as a CFA or conditional fee agreement.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get started on your claim.
Date Published: October 8, 2013
Author: David Brown