If you’ve been hurt in an accident and are considering claiming compensation, then you’re entitled to ask how a personal injury law suit differs from any other type of compensation. Well, wonder no more, as this article will tell you everything you need to know.
About a personal injury law suit
The first way in which it differs is that there is no provision for legal aid in making a personal injury law suit. This was removed in the 1990s by the government, who wanted to limit the number of apparently frivolous claims being made. They succeeded a little too well, and instead people found themselves with a bit of a difficult choice. Could they afford the fees if they did not win the case? For many this was simply too big a chance to take, and rather than pursue a claim they sat back and coped with the injury as best they could.
How to pay
So, in the absence of any legal aid, you will have to pay for your personal injury law suit at some point. But the big question is when? The traditional fee structure will see you having to pay lawyers regardless of what happens. This is a problem, because it means that you can’t make a claim unless you can afford the fees if you lose.
It also incentivises the lawyer to be a little opaque in their dealings. If you’re paying fees regardless, then it is in their interests to persuade you to make a claim. After all, if you do not win your case then your lawyer still gets paid one way or another.
No win no fee
Another approach is no win no fee. As the name suggests, this means that if you do not win your case, you will not have to pay. It’s an altogether fairer way of working and means that nobody needs to run a credit check before they launch a claim. There is no risk associated – if you don’t win, you don’t pay. It’s as simple as that.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, no win no fee is and always has been an important part of what we offer to our clients. Not only does it reduce the risk, but it also provides a sense of trust between us as the lawyer and you as the client. Because we only get paid if you win, you can rest assured that we will only suggest going ahead with a claim if we genuinely think you have a good chance of winning. It’s not in our interests to do anything else.
Equally, our lawyers will try doubly hard to win your case, as their own pay depends on it.
So, for more information on your personal injury law suit, give our team a call on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Alternatively, you could visit www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk for more information.
Date Published: 9th March 2014
Author: Louise Thacker