If you’re injured in an accident, and are concerned about how you will pay for a compensation claim, no win no fee is one of the more common and safest ways in which you can make a personal injury claim. However there has been plenty of controversy over the years which is why we thought it was worth creating this article to look more closely at claiming compensation in Canterbury.
Claiming compensation in Canterbury
No win no fee is also known as the Conditional Fee Arrangement. It stipulates that if your lawyer is unable to make a successful claim then you won’t owe them any legal fees. It was introduced back in the late nineties as the government first scaled back and then removed completely the amount of legal aid available for people who wanted to make a personal injury claim.
From the moment it was introduced though, it became the subject of considerable controversy. First of all, to compensate the law firms for agreeing to offer no win no fee the government allowed them to increase the level of legal fees they were permitted to charge. As such those who made successful personal injury claims tended to find themselves paying for the fees of those who did not.
Secondly measures were put in place to allow lawyers to claim their success fees from the other side. Because compensation was calculated on the basis of how much damage had been done by the injury, anyone who decided to make a personal injury claim might end up being under compensated. This way meant that if people lost a case they would not have to pay and if they won their case they wouldn’t have to pay.
This created a strong reaction from the insurance companies who feared an increase in the amount of personal injury claims. They warned that people would be making claims for marginal injuries, and although this did not happen the government believed them. They removed the ability of lawyers to claim success fees from the opposition, which means that clients now have to pay for their own claims.
As such it’s more important than ever to make sure that you get the right type of lawyer for your claim which is why our team at the Accident Advice Helpline works hard to build a team who are not only the best we have, but who also are particularly suited to your type of personal injury claim. In this way they improve your chances of having a successful outcome.
Most of all if you’re considering claiming compensation in Canterbury, no win no fee lawyers can remove the risk of losing a case. This has been at the heart of what we do at the Accident Advice Helpline as we continue in our mission to expand the level of legal coverage to everyone.
So if you’re looking for no win no fee lawyers, give us a call on 0800 180 4123 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.