This guide will explore the benefits of hiring No Win No Fee solicitors, the types of claims they could take on and the services they can offer.
Furthermore, this guide will explore the steps you could take following an accident and the compensation that could be awarded if the claim succeeds.
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- What Are No Win No Fee Solicitors?
- Potential Scenarios Leading To A Personal Injury Claim
- What Percentage Do No Win No Fee Solicitors Take For A Claim?
- Compensation Estimates For Various Injuries
- What Happens If I Lose A No Win No Fee Claim?
- Extra Resources About No Win No Fee Solicitors
No Win No Fee solicitors can offer certain arrangements to you if you are making a personal injury claim. It usually means that you will not be required to pay for your solicitor’s services upfront or during the course of the claims procedure.
There are different types of these arrangements, including a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) and Damages Based Agreements (DBA). These work in different ways but can help to mitigate the financial risk of accessing a solicitor’s services.
We have explored how these agreements work in more detail throughout our guide. However, if you have any questions, you can get in touch using the number above.
The Compensation Recovery Unit provides information on the various numbers of cases registered on a yearly basis. As such, we can see in 2021-2022, there were:
- 43,769 employer cases registered
- 387,687 motor cases registered
- 52,724 public cases registered.
There are several accidents that could form the basis of a valid personal injury claim. However, you must be able to demonstrate that negligence occurred. This involves a third party owing you a duty of care, breaching the duty of care they owe and causing you harm as a result.
Below, we have provided examples of who owes you a duty of care:
- The Road Traffic Act 1988 states that road users owe a duty of care to one another and must navigate the roads in a way that reduces the risk of others sustaining harm. Additionally, The Highway Code contains guidance for different road users. There are recommendations and rules within the Code. Some of the rules are backed elsewhere in law. If another road user failed to uphold their duty of care, it could cause someone to sustain harm in a road traffic accident.
- The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1978 states that your employer is required to take reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety in the workplace. A failure to do so could lead to you sustaining harm in an accident at work.
- The Occupiers Liability Act 1957 states that anyone in control of public space has a duty of care to ensure the reasonable safety of those visiting the space. A failure to do so could lead a member of the public to injure themselves in a public place. For example, they may slip, trip, or fall in a supermarket due to a wet floor not being properly cleaned up or signposted.
No Win No Fee solicitors could assist you in making a claim for various types of accidents. Get in touch to find out more.
What Can I Do After An Accident?
In the aftermath of an accident, it can greatly benefit your claim if you have evidence to prove that negligence occurred. After you report your accident at work and seek the required medical attention, you could begin to collect evidence. This could include:
- CCTV footage
- Photographs of the accident or injury
- Witness contact details
- Copies of medical records
You can seek legal advice if you are unsure of the evidence you can take to prove your personal injury claim. An advisor from our team could also assess your case to determine whether a solicitor from our panel could represent your claim.
To learn more, please get in touch on the number above.
There is usually a success fee, an amount that a solicitor deducts from your compensation if your claim is successful. However, the percentage that No Win No Fee lawyers take varies depending on the type of agreement they offer you.
As per the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013, a solicitor cannot charge more than 25%. However, the fee they charge is dependent on how much work the solicitor does on the case. For example, if the case is simple, then the percentage they take may be lower than that of a more complex and challenging claim.
With Damages Based Agreements, it is slightly different. A solicitor will charge a flat percentage regardless of the work they have done on the claim. The Damages-Based Agreements Regulations 2013 caps this amount at 25% for personal injury claims.
Compensation estimates can vary depending on the type of injury you have sustained. Generally, though, each settlement can comprise general damages and special damages.
General damages cover the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your injuries.
The Judicial College Guidelines are a publication that helps solicitors in valuing general damages. We have used the guideline compensation brackets from this document in the table below. However, these figures should only be used as a guide, as the outcome of your settlement may vary.
|Injury||Severity||Notes||Guideline Compensation Bracket|
|Injury Resulting From Brain Damage||Very Severe (a)||For cases in this bracket, full-time care is required.||£282,010 to £403,990|
|Injury Resulting From Brain Damage||Moderately Severe (b)||The person has a very serious disability and is substantially dependent on others for care.||£219,070 to £282,010|
|Leg Injuries||Severe (b) (i)||Injuries that don't involve amputation but are still severe such as injuries involving a degloving of the leg that is extensive.||£96,250 to £135,920|
|Psychiatric Damage Generally||Severe (a)||The person has significant problems coping with different areas of their life. As such, their prognosis will be very poor.||£54,830 to £115,730|
|Arm Injuries||Less Severe (c)||Significant disabilities but recovery has largely taken place.||£19,200 to £39,170|
|Neck Injuries||Moderate (b) (i)||Fractures or dislocations possibly need a spinal fusion due to immediate symptoms.||£24,990 to £38,490|
|Back Injuries||Moderate (b) (ii)||Injuries such as ligament and muscle disturbance causing backache.||£12,510 to £27,760|
|Back Injuries||Minor (c) (i)||Full recovery from injuries such as less serious strains, sprains and fractures within two to five years without surgery.||£7,890 to £12,510|
|Pelvis and Hip Injurires||Moderate (b) (ii)||Cases in this bracket may involve surgery, such as a hip replacement.||£12,590 to £26,590|
|Shoulder Injuries||Serious (b)||Dislocation and damage to the lower brachial plexus causing several issues, such as shoulder and neck pain.||£12,770 to £19,200|
Special damages aim to restore you to your financial position prior to the accident. These cover the monetary losses you have suffered as a consequence of your injuries, such as lost earnings. You should provide evidence in support of these losses, such as payslips.
The unsuccessful outcome of a claim made under either a CFA and DBA typically means you won’t pay for the work your solicitor has done on the claim.
The solicitors from our panel could offer to represent your claim under the terms of a CFA. As such, generally, you can benefit from their services without paying upfront, while the claim is ongoing or if the claim does not win.
If the claim is a success, your solicitor can take a percentage of your compensation. As mentioned, this is capped by the law.
To learn whether the No Win No Fee solicitors from our panel could take your personal injury claim on this basis, please get in touch using the details provided below.
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For more of our guides relating to personal injury claims:
- How To Make A Passenger Injury Claim After A Road Traffic Accident
- Personal Injury Claims Against The Local Council
- Employee Personal Injury Claims Guide
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