The no win no fee system has helped many people who otherwise might not have had the funds to access the UK justice system obtain compensation following an accident that was not their fault. However, recent changes to the regulations governing these cases need to be taken on board by all parties.
The advantage of no win no fee, also known as a conditional fee arrangement, is that the client does not have to pay out any upfront fees. In addition, there are no hidden costs. If for whatever reason a client’s claim proves unsuccessful, they will not have to pay any of their solicitor’s fees. If the claim is a successful one, the provider will ensure the client keeps as much of their compensation as possible. Accident Advice Helpline, for example, will ensure that the client gets to keep at least 75% of the funds awarded as compensation.
No win no fee was introduced in 1998 as a replacement for legal aid in respect of personal injury claims. In Scotland, there is a slight variation in the legal system governing no win no fee which concerns the deduction of the solicitor’s fee from the compensation total. However, if the client does not win their case, they do not have to pay anything, just like in England and Wales.
Under new rules, the client will still not have to pay fees upfront and their solicitor’s costs will remain covered. However, in the event that the claim for compensation is successful, the client will be responsible for paying a “success fee.” Previously, these success fees might have covered 100% of the claim awarded, but in the future clients will have to pay no more than 25% of the claim.
Clients are bound to have many questions concerning how a no win no fee arrangement works and what they need to do. Clients can be assured that Accident Advice Helpline and our lawyers will be with them every step of the way in claiming compensation.
In terms of how much a client can claim for following an accident, no sum can be guaranteed, but clients should be aware that they are entitled to claim for any injuries sustained and for additional costs arising from the accident. These can include costs such as prescriptions for medication and travelling costs.
In terms of the paperwork required from a client, as well as providing personal details, a client should have as much detail as possible in respect of the accident and its aftermath. Receipts for prescription charges, letters for medical appointments, travel receipts and so on should all be retained by the client. Having detailed paperwork facilitates the processing of a claim greatly.
Short-term costs such as prescription and travel costs can be a drain on the pocket, but those who are unfortunate enough to have had an accident need to remember that there may be longer-term costs to consider. For example, someone who has suffered whiplash from a car accident may well require ongoing care, such as regular physiotherapy. A successful no win no fee compensation claim can help enormously in meeting those ongoing costs.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to make your claim.