If you live in Brighton and Hove, no win no fee lawyers can be useful in helping you claim compensation for your injuries without the risk of being driven into financial trouble. This article shows you more about how the way in which we have paid for personal injury claims has changed over the years and how it is still changing, and makes claiming compensation in Brighton and Hove easier than it used to be.
Claiming compensation in Brighton and Hove
The way in which we pay for our legal rights has been at the centre of an ongoing battle between the insurance companies for a number of years. They have been working hard to ensure that they pay the least which means making it more difficult for people to make personal injury claims.
It was in their interests to remove legal aid from personal injury claims back in the late nineties. This meant that the level of financial backing in making a claim was removed which in turn meant many more people would think twice before launching a claim.
The idea was to reduce the number of people making claims for marginal issues or minor injuries, but the effect was to close off the legal system to those who did not have the funds to press ahead with a full claim.
We thought this was not fair which is why we created the Accident Advice Helpline back in the year 2000. The aim behind it was to make certain that if we could not help you win your case, we would not expect to be paid a single penny. Think of it as a form of reassurance which avoids the danger of being forced into financial difficulties as the result of a failed claim.
For a while lawyers were allowed to claim their success fees from the other side. This was a good way of working because it meant that claimants could keep 100% of their compensation settlements which meant they had more money to go towards getting their life back on track. However the insurance companies objected to this again warning that it could force insurance premiums up. The government fell for this line and forbade lawyers from claiming their success fees from the opposition.
So the question of how much those fees are is very important – even for people making Brighton and Hove no win no fee claims. Normally law firms should charge no more than 25% of any compensation arrangement, but some may seek to push that up a little – and a few will have hidden fees. However, at the Accident Advice Helpline, we’re entirely transparent about the way we work and how we charge for our services. This gives you a huge amount of reassurance that we’ll be working with your best interests at heart.
So if you’re looking for help with claiming compensation in Brighton and Hove, give us a call on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 19th October 2014
Author: David Brown