No Win No Fee Claims Explained

If you’re looking for help and advice on making a No Win No Fee claim, you’ve come to the right place. 

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No Win No Fee Claims Explained

If you’re looking for help and advice on making a No Win No Fee claim, you’ve come to the right place. 

What Is A No Win No Fee Agreement?

It is an unavoidable fact of life that accidents will happen. Risk can never be completely avoided, as hard as we may try and despite the precautions we take.

And when people are injured in accidents that could have been easily or reasonably prevented, it is then that the law offers claimants an easy way to access legal representation without the need to pay expensive legal fees upfront.

Contractual arrangements of this nature are commonly known as No Win No Fee agreements. You may have heard of the phrase No Win No Fee before. And although you may understand the principle behind it, you may not know how it works in practice. 

When you have been involved in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. If your claim has reasonable prospects of success, a personal injury solicitor may agree to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. They do this after evaluating your claim and deciding that the risk of not being paid is worth taking.

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What Are The Advantages Of No Win No Fee?

No Win No Fee arrangements afford claimants injured through no fault of their own a way to access legal representation. There are much lower financial risks involved as it is your chosen personal injury lawyer who assumes all risk.

You will not be asked to pay fees upfront or whilst your claim is ongoing, nor should you expect to be asked.

If your solicitor is successful in recovering compensation, then you would usually pay a small, fixed percentage of your award to cover their costs. This is referred to as a success fee. By law, success fees are capped.

The biggest advantage of No Win No Fee claims, however, is that in the unfortunate event that your claim is not successful, you will not be asked to pay any fees.

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How Are No Win No Fee Claims Funded?

No Win No Fee agreements are based on risk and reward. 

After evaluating your potential claim, your solicitor then weighs up the prospects of your claim being successful.

You would be unlikely to obtain No Win No Fee representation if your claim had low prospects of success, which is a less than 50% chance of succeeding.

In the event of a successful claim, your solicitor will recover most of their costs from the defendant. However, to cover all of their expenses, they charge claimants a small success fee, which we’ve mentioned above. 

Capped by law, this fee ensures that your solicitor is paid for the work they’ve done representing you. It is only payable in a successful outcome. 

If the claim doesn’t succeed, you don’t have to pay any of your solicitor’s fees.

Am I Eligible For A No Win No Fee Agreement?

If you have been injured in an accident or due to medical negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation.

You need to be able to prove that the party you hold to be at fault has been negligent in some way. This usually involves identifying that they have breached the duty of care they owe you, resulting in your injuries.

The Limitation Act 1980 sets a strict limit of 3 years from the date of the accident to make a claim.

In some cases, the 3-year time limit can sometimes start from the date you found out about the negligence. This is called the date of knowledge.

If the injured person is a minor (under 18) at the time, the 3-year limitation period begins on the day they turn 18. 

Similarly, a person who has either lost or lacks the mental capacity to claim also has a different limitation period. It is essentially frozen until they regain their mental capacity.

For those who lack capacity and for those under 18, a claim can be pursued on their behalf via a litigation friend. For more advice on this, please get in touch.

Which Types Of Cases Do No Win No Fee Agreements Apply To?

You can make a claim for personal injury compensation on a No Win No basis in a broad range of circumstances. After all, an accident can happen at any time and in any place.

We can also help you with other types of cases on a No Win No Fee basis too, such as employment law and data breach law, both of which we explain more about below.

No Win No Fee Accidents At Work Claims

An accident at work involves an incident in which you are injured at work due to your employer’s negligence.

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, all employers owe us a duty to ensure our workplace is safe and free of hazards so much as is reasonably possible. 

Employers can breach their duty of care in a number of ways. You may have been provided with defective or insufficient personal protective equipment (PPE), or not received the correct training. Your employer may have neglected to carry out regular risk assessments or maintenance work on tools and equipment. 

Such neglect in the workplace can lead to injuries that range from minor cuts and bruises to fatalities. 

Further reading: No Win No Fee Accident At Work Claims

No Win No Fee Road Traffic Accident Claims

Road traffic accidents usually involve two or more road users, including cars, buses, taxis, cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists. However, they can involve single vehicles too, such as instances of crashing into frees or bollards.

All road users owe each other a duty of care to not inflict harm on each other by, for instance, driving recklessly or under the influence of alcohol. This duty is set out in The Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act 1988.

If it can be shown that another driver has breached their duty of care—talking on their mobile phone while driving, for example—you could be entitled to compensation, and we can help you recover it.

Further reading: No Win No Fee Road Traffic Accident Claims

No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Claims

Claims arising from medical negligence can result in some of the most devastating outcomes and are often entirely avoidable. 

You can claim if negligent medical care by a GP or hospital has caused you additional suffering. 

Examples include delayed or missed diagnoses and negligent care received by a care home or dentist. They could also involve surgical errors, Never Events (such as a surgeon leaving foreign objects in a person’s body during surgery or amputating the wrong limb), to prescription errors causing adverse reactions.

If you’d like help and support with a medical negligence claim, please get in touch.

Further reading: No Win No Fee Medical Negligence Claims

No Win No Fee Slip, Trip and Fall Claims

Any organization or individual who’s in control of a public space owes anyone who could venture onto their land a duty of care to keep them safe, so far as it is reasonable for them to do so.

An example would involve barbed wire on a fence that’s come away from its fittings and cut someone as they walked by it.

When accidents occur on public property that is defective or poorly maintained, those in control of that space could be responsible for the injuries sustained.

Slips, trips, and falls in particular are a common way of suffering an injury on public land. They can be caused by potholes, manholes, and broken or uneven paving stones. 

If you slip or trip on retail premises, for example in a supermarket, then you can also make a claim against the retailer.

If you believe that you have been injured in any of the scenarios described above, then we can help you.

Further reading: No Win No Fee Slip, Trip and Fall Claims

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HOW DO YOU FIND NO WIN NO FEE SOLICITORS NEAR YOU?

If you’re looking for No Win No Fee solicitors near you, there are a few options available to you. 

First, you could ask family and friends for recommendations. Perhaps they’ve had decent representation in the past and can give details on the service they received.

Another option is to look on search engines like Google, but you may feel daunted by the sheer number of results you find.

Similarly, searching on websites search as the Law Society or the Solicitors Regulatory Authority can provide lots of results.

One way to cut through the bustle is to study reviews from past clients. Impartial reviews are always best, such as using sites like Trustpilot. These give you honest insights into the service offered and the results achieved. 

However, the best way to get a feel for the potential service offered by a No Win No Fee solicitor is to speak to them directly. You will know after a short conversation about your case whether the solicitor has the expertise to handle the claim and whether you feel like you can work with them. It is, after all, a relationship of trust.

We understand this more than anything else and it’s why we invite you to get in touch with us today to have that conversation. We can tell you everything about our service offering and how we can help you not only recover the compensation you deserve but secure you some justice too for the wrongs you’ve suffered. 

Simply get in touch with us using our contact forms or via the telephone number at the top of this page to learn more. 

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