If you sustain a whiplash injury in Brighstone because someone else has been negligent or reckless, you have a legal right to compensation. This has been the case in the UK for a very long time, but for many years the option was not available to many victims because of the cost of making a claim.
Using legal aid for a whiplash injury in Brighstone claim
At about the same time as the NHS was introduced, so was legal aid. To start with it could be used for personal injury claims, which meant that apart from the wealthy, the poorest of society could also make a claim. Legal aid was means tested, so unless your income was very low, you did not benefit from its help.
Legal aid for personal injury claims was withdrawn in 1998.
Using the conditional fee agreement for a whiplash injury in Brighstone claim
The conditional fee agreement was already in use in some areas of the law at this time. The 1999 Finance Act extended its use to cover other matters, personal injury claims being among them. Its use was allowed from April 2000, and it very quickly became known as no win no fee.
For the first time the option of making a claim became available to all victims, their financial situation not being a consideration. With no win no fee the victim does not have to find any money for their claim to be started, and they do not have to find any money if the claim is lost.
Dealing with a no win no fee law firm
Some people think that if you use a no win no fee law firm you will get a faster and more efficient service. This is because they take the financial risk of winning your claim, so ensuring you get the compensation you are entitled to is more important to them. They will also want it dealt with as quickly as possible, because just like the rest of us, they have bills to pay and families to feed.
A lawyer who charges you by the hour has no worries about his fee, he will get paid whether your claim is won or lost, and can ask you for stage payments for however long the claim takes.
98% of all personal injury claims are now handled through the no win no fee agreement, because as our patron, Esther Rantzen will tell you, it is the fairest way for consumers to exercise their legal rights.
No win no fee with Accident Advice Helpline
We handle all our claims on a no win no fee basis and have done so since we were established 14 years ago. It has meant that many thousands of claimants have received the compensation they were entitled to by contacting us to make their personal injury compensation claim.
To make a start on your claim you can call our freephone helpline on 0800 180 4123, or complete one of our online options, whichever you prefer.
Date Published: 12th July 2014