One of the most confusing parts of making a compensation claim is the cost behind it. We have all seen the advertisements offering no win no fee services to claimants, but how many of us actually understand what it means?
If you want to make a compensation claim in Waltham Abbey, the area will have local solicitors who will offer this service, but before you approach them it pays to understand what it actually means and what you may be liable to as a claimant.
No win no fee explained
Here at Accident Advice Helpline we have over 200 solicitors, all of whom offer a no win no fee policy to our clients. This means that should you lose your claim, there is nothing payable to your solicitor. They take the case on board because they believe they can win it and will work on your behalf to make sure that you do. Occasionally claims do get lost, and it would be unfair to expect you to pay a large bill when you are already suffering, so the solicitors fees are then wiped out.
What makes a successful claim?
To make a successful claim, your claim needs to fit within the following guidelines:
- Your accident must have happened within the last three years;
- It must have not been your fault, but that of another party; and
- It must have resulted in an injury for which you received medical attention.
Witnesses are an important part of any claim. If anyone was with you when you had your accident, you will need to provide their contact details to your solicitor. Photographs of the area in which the accident happened and your injury are also useful.
Most claims can be handled entirely by telephone with no need for a face to face meeting. Occasionally you may need to attend a further medical appointment though, and of course there will be charges attached to this.
Charges vs. fees
There is a big difference between charges and fees when it comes to claims. This would be explained clearly to you by your legal representative. Fees are the amount payable to your solicitor should you win; charges relate to medical appointments and other processes needed to make a successful claim. These are often referred to as the costs. Under new legislation, even if you win your case you are now bound to pay 25% of the costs.
Starting a compensation claim in Waltham Abbey can be quite daunting, and speaking to someone is always a help. By calling Accident Advice Helpline, you will be given all the advice and help you need to start your claim. Your call will be taken by a trained adviser and there is someone available to take your call seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Your initial call places you under no obligation.
Call us today to find out more about compensation claims on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 14th September 2013