The suddenness of the accident caught you unaware. The timing is appalling, you had just started a new job and now you are taking time off. Your income has dropped and yet, you seem to be spending more: the costs of taxis, the cost of additional childcare, the cost of prescribed medication… the list could go on.
And so, in such a financially weak state, it seems almost ludicrous adding the cost of a solicitor in Portsmouth to the mix.
But it may not be the astronomical legal cost that you think. In fact, it isn’t. And neither is making a claim for compensation a huge financial gamble. Not with Accident Advice Helpline.
How no win, no fee affects the cost of a solicitor in Portsmouth
No win, no fee is the term used to describe the effects of the Conditional Fee Agreement. Used across a wide variety of civil cases, including compensation claims, from 1998 onwards, this scheme allows people to make a claim with a certain amount of financial security.
Prior to this date, anyone who did seek compensation for their injuries did so by taking a financial risk. Lose, and they would pay their own costs and that of the other side – in other words, an unlimited and potentially huge legal bill.
No win, no fee takes this unacceptable level of risk away. It also means that you will not need to pay any money upfront.
But it means something else too, something far more important in our eyes: every claim for compensation must be thoroughly assessed. Every potential claim is now measured against the criteria as laid down in personal injury law. But a case is also assessed openly and honestly, does it really have a chance of succeeding? Is it really the best move for you?
The factors involved in claiming compensation
There are three main points that must be present in order for a claim for compensation to have a chance of succeeding:
- The accident must not have been your fault – this may be simple and straightforward, or may need more complex legal argument
- Your injuries will need to have symptoms – in other words, they will need to have had some kind of impact on you and be medically assessed too
- You are claiming within three years – this deadline starts counting down from the time it can be reasonably assumed the accident caused your injuries
Call Accident Advice Helpline
The cost of a solicitor in Portsmouth may not be as much as you think and certainly, far more affordable.
Call us on 0800 689 0500 or, from a mobile call the lower rate number 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 2nd November 2015
Author: David Brown