If you’ve been involved in an accident which you think might entitle you to compensation you might find yourself losing sleep at night. Often it’s not just the injury that’s keeping you up at night, but the thought of compensation. On the one hand the money you could receive in a claim could prove to be extremely important in helping you to get back on your feet, but on the other, the money involved in paying for your lawyer could be far more than you can afford. So, what should you do? Talk to us today if you need to claim against an employer in South Lanarkshire.
Will it cost me more money than I receive?
A big concern for some people is that the money they pay in legal bills could eventually outstrip the money they receive in compensation. However, that should not be something you’re too worried about. Most reputable firms will be very clear and upfront about what fees they charge at what point. In general this should be a percentage of your compensation fee and should not be more than around 25-30% of your compensation.
Depending on the way in which you have contacted a lawyer there may also be a referral fee if you’ve used an intermediary.
Now, there may be firms who don’t operate clear and transparent fee structures such as that – and if you find one then it might be a good idea to choose another law firm. Whatever happens it’s a good idea to make sure you know which firm is handling your case. That’s important because some people have been using what they thought was a law firm but was in fact just a claims management firm.
They don’t actually do anything to handle your claim specifically – instead they just pass your details onto another firm. This can leave you uncertain what firm you’re dealing with and what their charging structure might be like. Remember, if for any reason that isn’t made clear then this is again a clear sign that this firm might not be the best one for your needs.
I’ve been hurt in an accident – what if I lose my case?
The fear of losing is a very real and sensible one. There is no legal aid so in theory you should be responsible for paying legal bills even if you lose your case. However, at Accident Advice Helpline, we don’t think that’s very fair. It means that an accident in South Lanarkshire could conceivably be a financial as well as physical disaster. In effect it threatens to reduce the number of people who can make a claim to those with the finances in place to do so.
We take a different option – if you’ve been hurt in an accident in South Lanarkshire, you can contact us in confidence because we work on the basis of no win no fee*. Whatever happens you will only have to pay us if we can help you win your case.
To find out more about what we do, give our team a call on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Alternatively, you could visit www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk for more information if you need to claim against an employer in South Lanarkshire.
Date Published: 8th June 2014
Author: David Brown