When people consider whether or not to make a personal injury claim one of the biggest sources of concern tends to be the question of how much it will cost. There are ways to mitigate the financial risks you will be taking if you choose to claim compensation, but if you’re looking for Purbeck accident claim solicitors it’s important to understand the full implications of each option.
Purbeck accident claim solicitors
The government decided to remove legal aid from personal injury claims back in the late nineties, but this presented them with an obvious problem. The majority of people cannot afford the legal fees which come with any prolonged legal case, so they naturally need some protection in case things go wrong.
The initial response to this was to allow something known as the Conditional Fee Arrangement which is more commonly known as no win no fee. This states that if you lose a case, then you law firm will foot the bill. In return for this, the government allowed firms to increase the amount they could charge their clients. This meant that in effect someone who has a successful case will be paying the fees of someone who has an unsuccessful claim. The level at which people can charge is normally taken as a percentage of the compensation fee, which should not be more than 25% of the total compensation.
Things to watch out for
The no win no fee arrangement is the best option given the circumstances, but it still brings a number of misconceptions. Firstly is the feeling that this will encourage a ‘give it a go’ mentality. The reality is that if you’re working on a no win no fee basis, law firms will be more careful about the type of claims they take on. Because they only get paid if they win they will be more wary about those marginal cases.
You should also not be fooled into thinking you won’t have to pay anything no matter what happens. There is an assumption that law firms will be allowed to claim their success fees from the other side which means that you won’t have to pay even if you do win. However, this no longer happens which means you will be responsible for your own legal fees.
Getting the best lawyer
It’s also important not to be diverted by the entire concept of no win no fee. You’ll still need to make sure that the law firm you choose is up to the job and will be able to help with your particular type of case. That’s what we offer at Accident Advice Helpline.
So if you’re looking for help finding the best Purbeck accident claim solicitors, 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: 15th October 2014
Author: David Brown