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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

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    No win no fee* – myths and reality


    No win no fee – myths and reality

    The rise of the so-called compensation culture has led to increasingly outlandish claims being made about the process of personal injury litigation. The bottom line of no win no fee* – myths and reality – has become somewhat lost in the plethora of comment and opinion. Essentially, this kind of arrangement exists to help people who have suffered as a result of someone else’s negligence. It offers them the chance to obtain a financial settlement that reflects the damage caused. Many untruths continue to be espoused, however, in relation to this fundamentally quite simple principle.

    The most damaging myth, both for people who are considering making a claim and for authentic professional injury claim companies, is that many cases are bogus. This is not true for the massive majority of claims, but the idea continues to be propagated. The notion of ‘having a go’ reflects the no-risk element of initiating court proceedings, suggesting people are encouraged to lie or exaggerate when they describe the result of an accident. When we take on a case here at Accident Advice Helpline, however, the evidence that is needed to substantiate it will be manifest. It must be strong enough for us to feel confident of receiving the desired settlement. In our experience, the majority of claims are made by people who have suffered a genuine, often life-changing, loss of earnings and ill health. With no other avenue of assistance to pursue they come to us. If we believe they deserve to be compensated, we will fight for the best possible settlement.

    Due to the complex and mysterious nature of the legal system, a second myth that has sprung up around personal injury claims is the length of time they can take. Whilst it is true that claims will rarely be settled within a few weeks, they do not necessarily need to run for an unreasonable length of time. It depends on a number of factors, the most significant of which is the response of the guilty party. If they accept that they are liable for what happened and agree to pay damages, the case is closed relatively quickly. However, they may disagree with the entire claim or wish to dispute a few of the finer points. This will involve a certain degree of negotiation, extending the time taken to reach a settlement.

    The final myth often associated with a no win no fee* claim is that lawyers will doggedly chase large amounts of compensation, regardless of the injury received. Again, this is untrue. Lawyers assess each case individually and base their potential compensation estimate on the extent to which your life has been affected. Not all claims are equal, and the ability to recognise that is essential.

    Whichever route your personal claim takes, try to put the no win no fee* – myths and reality – in perspective, bearing in mind that our lawyers have a wealth of experience in their field. They have no vested interest in dragging out cases for any longer than is absolutely necessary and will attempt to resolve any issues promptly, keeping you informed.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.