There are huge advantages of using the ‘no win, no fee’ system after being injured in Sandwell road traffic accidents that were not your fault, not least that you do not have to find any money for your claim to be started, and you do not have to find any money if your claim is not won.
Financing a personal injury claim after a Sandwell road traffic accident
Personal injury claims in one form or another have been around for a very long time. Some insurance companies have records going back to the 19th century when claims were made for all sorts of weird and wonderful things. The situation is a bit different these days though:
- You have to have been in an accident that was not your fault
- You have to have been inured in that accident
- The injuries must have needed medical treatment
- The accident must have happened within the last three years
Under these conditions, you can claim compensation from whoever was responsible. However, making a personal injury claim is a legal process that needs the assistance of experienced lawyers and solicitors, just like any other legal process.
The thought of what the professionals will cost often makes innocent victims shy away from making a claim – they know it will be no problem paying if they win, but what if their claim is not won, how will the pay the legal fees?
The old way of financing claims after Sandwell road traffic accidents
For many years, although the law was on the side of the victim, only the wealthy could take the risk that they would win their claim, as there was no way most folk could afford to employ the legal representation they needed.
The lawyers were paid by the hour, so they did not care how long it took, and were not too concerned if they did not win the claim. Their reputation might have suffered a bit, but their pocket certainly didn’t.
An attempt to help
At about the same time as the NHS, legal aid was introduced as part of the package for social equality. In theory this was good news for all innocent victims, but in reality, it was means tested and only helped the poorest of society.
That was fine, because they needed the help more than anyone else, but it still left many innocent victims without the access to justice they deserved. Then in 1998, the government started to change the system, and legal aid was withdrawn for several legal processes, personal injury claims among them.
Now they have got it right
As of April 2000, the conditional fee arrangement has been used for compensation claims, and this gives every innocent victim the option of making a claim. Better known as ‘no win, no fee’, it means exactly what it says so claimants do not have to worry about financing their claim
At Accident Advice Helpline, we handle all our claims this way and have used it to help many thousands of claimants get the compensation they were entitled to. Call our freephone number, 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0933 from a mobile phone, or contact us through our website, and start your personal injury claim for the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: 14th August 2014