The way in which we make claims has changed constantly over the past 20 years. As a result, if you live in South Ribble, ‘no win, no fee*’ are the best way forward and legal aid is a thing of the past. This article will aim to help you catch up on all the developments the world of personal injury law has witnessed over the years and how they are relevant to you and your loved ones.
South Ribble ‘no win, no fee*’ claims
The biggest change to personal injury law in recent time came at the end of the century when the government removed legal aid from the vast majority of personal injury cases. This meant that if you wanted to make a claim you were – from the official standpoint – pretty much on your own. That brought all sorts of problems. The majority of people could not afford to pay their own legal fees if they lost their case which meant, unless you were prepared to take a pretty big risk with your finances you might find that the legal system was pretty much off limits unless you managed to up your income considerably.
The solution came in the form of ‘no win, no fee*’. A firm was allowed to take on all the risks of making a claim in return for being able to charge a little bit more. This meant that as a client you were in some respects subsidising those who had not been successful making a claim and also that you were paying a little premium for the peace of mind that comes from having the back up of ‘no win, no fee*’.
For a while, lawyers were allowed to claim their success fees from the other side which meant you could end up paying nothing no matter what happened. However, the insurance firms lobbied hard against this and the situation was returned to you having to pay your fees if you won. This means that you will always be slightly under compensated as a result which is why it’s important to choose your law firm carefully and to make certain that you receive the full amount of compensation to which you should be entitled.
Get in touch
To find out how you can move forward, give our team a call. We’re highly experienced in every aspect of personal injury law and will be only too happy to provide all the help and support we can. Our experts will tell you whether or not we think you have a good chance of winning any claim you make and if so how to go about improving your prospects of a successful claim.
So if you’re looking for South Ribble no win no fee* 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.
Date Published: 31st October 2014
Author: David Brown