If you come to Accident Advice Helpline, we’ll give you the opportunity of finding the best Oxford accident claim solicitors who can work on a ‘no win, no fee*’ basis. However, while there is plenty written about the concept of ‘no win, no fee*’, it remains a much misunderstood concept.
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Part of the reason why people are so unsure about it is because the guidelines surrounding the way in which lawyers are paid have changed so much over the years. The removal of legal aid in 2000 created many problems through the fact that most people were now unable to afford to make any personal injury claims at all. As usual this placed the most vulnerable people in society at risk.
‘No win, no fee*’ was brought in to cushion the blow of making a personal injury claim. It ensured that if you made a claim, you would only have to pay if that claim ended up being successful. It was a great way to ensure a shot to nothing, if you like, which more or less guaranteed that if you lost your case, you would not have to pay a single penny. It shifted the risk of making a claim onto the shoulders of the lawyers. They at least stood a better chance of withstanding the financial pressure than many of their clients.
However, to help lawyers out, the government agreed that they could increase the amount they charged as a result of any compensation claim which effectively meant that successful claimants were having to pay the legal bills of people who had been unsuccessful. If you won your case you would pay out a portion of your compensation fee which would normally be around 25% of the total compensation amount. This meant that you were in effect being under compensated after an accident because much of the money ended up in the pockets of the lawyers.
A fairer way of working?
To combat this lawyers were allowed to claim their success fees back from the other side. However, this only lasted until 2012. The insurance companies didn’t like this arrangement and lobbied politicians to make sure that their ideas were heard – and they were. The situation was returned to one in which people would have to pay for their own compensation claims, which means you’ll have to be very careful about the quality of the firm you choose. If you’re going to have to pay legal fees you want to make sure you get full value.
How we work
At Accident Advice Helpline, we can firstly tell you whether we think you have a good chance of winning your case, and if we do we can then help you claim compensation.
So if you’re looking for help finding Oxford accident claim solicitors, give us a call on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Alternatively, you could visit www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk for more information.