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What does ‘no win, no fee’ actually mean?
A ‘no win, no fee’ arrangement with a solicitor is exactly what the name suggests. If your solicitor does not win your case, there are no fees to pay.
The legal term for this is Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
They are designed to make sure that those who have been injured, through no fault of their own, are able to claim financial compensation for what has happened to them without worrying about any upfront costs. The idea is to help those who are rightly entitled to claim compensation, to do so without fear of facing a large legal bill.
Certain civil cases such as personal injury, medical negligence, road traffic accidents and accidents at work are covered by no win, no fee arrangements in England and Wales.
What will I pay if my claim is successful?
If your compensation claim is successful under a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement, the solicitor’s legal fees will be subtracted from the compensation amount you are awarded. The final amount of money you receive will be the total compensation awarded, minus legal fees up to 25%. This will all be discussed with you and clarified at the start of the claims process so you fully understand what to expect.
What will I pay if my claim is not successful?
If your compensation claim is unsuccessful under a ‘no win, no fee’ arrangement, you don’t have to pay our legal fees, but you may have to pay the defendants legal fees. To protect you against the financial consequences of this scenario, in the early stages of the claims process we’ll help you arrange a suitable insurance policy.
What is ATE Insurance?
Most Solicitors advise applicants to take out an ATE (After the Event) insurance policy on top of the No Win, No Fee agreement.
This policy covers the legal costs which a Claimant must pay to a Defendant if their claim is unsuccessful or the Claimant is ordered to pay their opponents costs by the court. It also covers disbursements which the Claimant may have to pay if unsuccessful such as court fees, medical and expert fees.
Usually, you will not have to pay the cost of insurance policy if your claim is not successful. If your claim is successful the policy cost is deducted from your compensation award.
Understanding the Compensation Claims Process
The claim for injury compensation is generally divided into 2 parts.
The first part is known as ‘General Damages’.
General damages compensate you for the pain and suffering you have sustained from your accident-related injuries and loss of amenity.
In order for us to value your general damage claim, we will instruct a medical expert who will prepare a report on your accident-related injuries for your claim.
The expert will be given a full copy of your GP and hospital records which we will request. The medical expert may recommend some treatment which will assist your recovery for which the insurers of the person responsible for causing your accident may be asked to pay.
The medical expert will advise us which of your current symptoms have been caused by the accident and if any pre-existing conditions have been aggravated or brought forward by your accident. Depending on what the report says we may be able to advise you of the value of your general damage claim which will be assessed from the date of the accident to the date of recovery or estimated date of recovery if you have not yet recovered.
If you have kept a “pain diary” in which you have recorded the pain you have experienced on a daily basis and the activities you have been prevented from carrying out because of it we will send a copy of this to the medical expert who will be able to see just how much you have suffered and been inconvenienced by your accident and they will then analyse the extent of the pain you have suffered as a result of this accident.
Details of any hobbies or leisure activities, such as swimming or other sporting activities or going on holiday, which you have been unable to do because of your accident will show how much your life has been affected by this accident and will be helpful for the medical expert to assess how much you have been affected by the accident. The medical expert will also need to know the details of any pain and suffering you have experienced because of the accident and any disturbed sleep or nightmares
The second part is known as ‘Special Damages’.
Special damages compensate you for any financial losses you may have incurred as a direct result of your accident. These can be items such as loss of earnings, personal care, and housework undertaken by friends and/or relatives as a direct result of the accidents, prescriptions you have paid for or over the counter medicines, such as painkillers or bandages as well as fares to the Hospital, Doctor or to see your Solicitor and telephone bills, damage to clothing or other belongings and any other reasonable expenses.
Some of these items may seem trivial but they can mount up as the case progresses and show you just how much you have been inconvenienced as a direct result of your accident.
In order to support your special damage claim, it would help if you are able to provide us with various documents including copies of your wage slips and receipts for items paid.
For special damages we will also need:
- Details of any personal activities such as bathing, driving, going upstairs, cooking, cleaning, and washing which you have been unable to do because of your accident.
- Details of care provided to you by friends or relatives because of your injury, e.g. bathing you, helping you to shower, shaving you or making meals for you or doing the housework which you would do before the accident.
Calculating Compensation Payouts in a No Win, No Fee Injury Claim
Our Compensation Calculator is designed to give an idea of the amount you could expect to receive in general damages. However, it is not exhaustive and it is no substitute for speaking to one of our experienced team of personal injury lawyers. Our solicitors are in a far better position to provide you with clearer information on the amount that you could expect to receive.
In particular, one of the experienced personal injury solicitors in Huddersfield will be able to advise you about the special damages that may be added to the general damages, to reach a better estimate of the total possible award.
You can call us for free now on 0800 0747 644 or complete our contact form and a member of our expert team will be happy to speak with you to discuss any queries in detail with you. It will cost you nothing to make that call and there are no upfront charges if you decide to proceed with Grieves Solicitors. If your claim is unsuccessful and you are not awarded any compensation for your injuries, then you will not have to worry about legal charges as you do not pay us a penny.
Higher Compensation Payouts for Claimants on No Win No Fee Agreements
From April 2013 the Government has increased general damages compensation by 10% for claimants on No Win No Fee agreements to offset the success fee deductions. Grieves Solicitors also factor in Special Damages awards for any financial damages or losses which you may have experienced due to your accident.
Why Choose Grieves Solicitors?
Grieves Solicitors was established by Helen Grieves in 1997 and all the members of our team have many years of specialist experience in dealing with personal injury claims. Over 98% of our clients have rated our service as excellent or good, as well as 98% who stated they would use us again or would recommend us to family or friends. Grieves Solicitors will guide you through every stage of the legal procedure and will keep you informed on the progress of your claim throughout.
Our Principal, Helen Grieves has been re-accredited 3 times with membership of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel which is the quality mark for lawyers working in personal injury.
To achieve that accreditation, she had to go through rigorous examination and testing to demonstrate that she has a high level of knowledge, skill, and experience in dealing with personal injury cases.
She has also been re-accredited three times as a senior litigator member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. In order to maintain that accreditation, she has to keep up to date with the latest legal developments, commit to 16 hours specialist training every year which is checked to ensure it meets the Association of Personal Injury Lawyer’s standard and submit to renew her accreditation every 5 years.
Contact the leading Personal Injury & Accident At Work Solicitors in Yorkshire
We understand that making a claim may seem daunting at first but we are happy to talk over those queries or concerns with you to allay any fears you may have about bringing a compensation claim. We are only too happy to help.
If you, or a family member or friend, have suffered injury and require legal advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our experienced personal injury solicitors today. You can call us for free on 0800 0747 644 or complete our contact form and a member of our team will get back to you.
Grieves Solicitors specialise in no win no fee personal injury compensation claims. We have specialist Personal Injury Lawyers who are experienced in handling substantial accident compensation claims for clients in Huddersfield, Halifax, Bradford, Brighouse, Dewsbury, Rochdale and Wakefield. As a recognised injury claims specialist we can support your needs wherever you live in Wales, England & Northern Ireland.