The no win no fee severe injury claim was introduced in 1995 to make the legal system more accessible for those with severe injuries who needed legal support. Prior to 1995, the only help available was Legal Aid. Legal Aid was not available to everyone as it was means tested. If you did not qualify for legal aid, losing your claim could mean that you could be facing a large legal bill.
The no win no fee system meant that people no longer need to worry about the financial risks of making a claim, which means that more people now have access to justice.
What sort of claims can be handled on a no win no fee basis?
Most claims can be dealt with on a no win no fee basis. This includes claims for injuries arising from:
- road traffic accidents
- slips, trips and falls in public places
- medical negligence
- accidents in your place of work
- injuries caused by defective products
There are three main requirements for someone to make a no win no fee severe injury claim in an accident caused by someone else. They are that they must have been injured in the accident and received medical treatment, that they were in no way to blame for the accident and, usually, the claim must be started no later than three years after the date of the accident..
How does a no win no fee severe injury claim work?
Under a no win no fee arrangement you will receive the compensation that is awarded if you win your case, and your legal costs are paid by the other side. If you lose your case, however, you do not need to pay the solicitors fees.
This means that win or lose, there is no way that you can be out of pocket and you do not need to worry about being presented with an unexpected legal bill at the end of your claim.
How can I make a no win no fee severe injury claim?
First, take the unique 30-second online test on the Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) website to see if you have a valid claim. If you have a valid claim, your claim will be passed to one of the AAH solicitors to deal with. AAH works with hundreds of solicitors who specialise in personal injury compensation claims, and they all work on a no win no fee basis.
Most claims can be dealt with on the telephone and you will not generally be required to attend any meetings with a solicitor, although you may need to attend a medical assessment to determine the extent of your injuries. Many claims are settled without ever reaching court, but even if your claim does end up going to court, you will not usually be required to be there in person.
Accident Advice Helpline patron is consumer rights champion and veteran broadcaster Esther Rantzen. The company has been helping people with their personal injury compensation claims for over fifteen years. Give our team a call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 25th May 2013
Author: David Brown