Do you need a free injury solicitor?
There is really no such thing as a free injury solicitor – we all have to make a living somehow. At Accident Advice Helpline it is free to contact us, our freephone number is 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993, we will give you free advice and you will not have to find any money to start your claim, we get paid when your claim has been won.
The history of No Win No Fee and how its effect is the free injury solicitor
No Win No Fee has been around since 1995 when it was first allowed for some court cases in England and Wales. Three years later it was extended to all civil cases, with the exception of action in the family courts and this coincided with the abolition of legal aid for personal injury compensation claims. The idea was to give better access to justice for everyone, no matter if you were really rich or so poor that you would have previously qualified for legal aid. It was no longer down to financial circumstance if you could afford to make a personal injury claim, but on having a genuine case and this was good for the free injury solicitor.
Free injury solicitor may cost you nothing
The 1999 Access to Justice Act, which came into force in April 2000, made these no win no fee deals much more attractive as it meant judges could make the losing side pay the costs, including the cost of the injured parties solicitor, so avoiding the need to take the costs from the compensation awarded in some cases.
From a solicitor’s point of view, it meant they could do a lot of work on a case but lose; this really did make them become a free injury solicitor. It also meant that a lot of sham claims were no longer made, solicitors now will only take on the genuine claims, so the civil courts became more accessible and waiting times reduced.
Bad press for the free injury solicitor
Originally there was a lot of bad press about the scheme suggesting that it would open the floodgates to compensation claims. However, figures show that this has not happened; there are very few more cases now than there were then, but it would appear that people are being awarded larger amounts. This is partly because of the loss of earning element, as wages have risen so has this.
Accident Advice Helpline has been established since 2000 and we have been successful and thrived since then and continue to do so now. This is because we give such a high quality customer service, ensuring that you claim is as simple, fast and efficient as possible, giving you complete customer satisfaction.
Apart from our freephone number, we have an online 30-second test that will give you some guidance as to if you qualify to make a personal injury compensation claim and if you do, a rough ides of what sort of amount you can expect to receive.