Were you injured at work because of someone else’s negligence? Did another motorist harm you because of reckless driving? Or perhaps you tripped on a broken pavement slab and fell, injuring yourself? In cases where you’re injured due to another party’s negligence, you could make a No Win No Fee claim.
This article aims to help you understand No Win No Fee. However, if you have any questions, we’re here for you. Our advisors are available 24/7 and give free legal advice. Plus, they could connect you with our panel of lawyers if you have a strong claim. You’ll be under no obligation to proceed with these services, so why not get in touch?
Our advisors are ready to help when you:
- Call us on the number above.
- Contact us via our website.
- Use the ‘live support’ option to the bottom right of this page
Find out for sure how much you could be owed and how a No Win No Fee agreement could help you access quality legal support at reduced financial risk.
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- What Is A No Win No Fee Agreement?
- The Various Kinds Of No Win No Fee Claims
- How to Qualify For No Win No Fee Claims
- Connect With No Win No Fee Solicitors
A No Win No Fee agreement is an agreement that you enter into with a personal injury solicitor. Also called ‘Conditional Fee Agreements’, they mean exactly that: any solicitor’s fee to pay is conditional upon the claim winning. Not all solicitors provide this type of service, but those that do can offer numerous benefits to their clients:
- There are no upfront fees required to fund the No Win No Fee solicitor’s services.
- The solicitor does not require any payment of their fees as the case progresses, however long that takes.
- If the case fails, you don’t have to pay the No Win No Fee solicitor fees at all.
- If your case wins, there is a fee payable which is restricted by law to (at most) 25% of the settlement amount you receive. It’s called a ‘success fee’ and covers the solicitor’s work. This ensures that you always receive the bulk of any compensation awarded.
- The success fee is not due until after your compensation has come through.
No Win No Fee agreements remove the worry of paying for your lawyer’s services upfront. They enable people who may lack funds at that crucial time to pursue legitimate claims for compensation with the help of a lawyer or solicitor.
A No Win No Fee agreement can be entered into for different types of valid claims. But what is the legal basis for making claim?
There are a variety of laws that protect your health and safety in different locations. Briefly, they include:
Accidents at Work
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers have a duty of care to ensure that your protected
Road Traffic Accidents
Under The Highway Code, road users should use the roads with standard care and skill to prevent causing others injury.
Accidents in a Public Place
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 requires those in control of places accessible to the public to ensure they’re safe for visitors.
There are also other areas of law that aim to protect you:
Medical professionals need to provide patients with the minimum standard of care. If this standard falls and the patient is unnecessarily harmed as a result, it could be seen as medical negligence.
The Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK General Data Protection Rules (UK GDPR) are examples of data protection legislation. Essentially, any party that collects, holds or processes your personal information has to take measures to protect it.
By looking at the results of a medical assessment and collecting together all the receipts, bills and invoices that prove the costs you incurred because of the injury, it can be possible to calculate compensation.
There is generally a three-year time limit under the Limitation Act 1980 for personal injury claims. To ensure you have a valid personal injury claim, you should be able to establish the following:
- The other party owed you a duty of care.
- They breached that duty, causing an incident or accident.
- You suffered injuries as a result.
Anyone is free to pursue a claim independently. You are not legally obliged to use a personal injury lawyer. However, we believe the help of a legal professional can be beneficial. For example, cases can become complex and can demand a lot of time and attention. A solicitor or lawyer can be of help.
Proving medical negligence involves being able to show that a medical professional’s substandard care led you unnecessary suffering for you.
To qualify for a data breach claim, you’d need to prove that you suffered financial loss or mental harm (or both) due to a data breach. What’s more, the data breach needs to have involved your personal information and have been caused by the party that was supposed to protect your personal data.
General and Special Damages
The compensation you could claim for medical negligence and personal injury fall into two categories: general damages and special damages.
General damages compensate you for your injuries. Firstly, after an independent assessment, injuries can be calculated using a document called the Judicial College Guidelines.
This publication offers award bracket suggestions based on previous cases to acknowledge the pain, suffering and long term damage your injuries are causing or may cause in the future. A No Win No Fee solicitor can cross-reference your injuries with those listed and arrive at a compensation figure.
In addition to this, you could claim for special damages which compensate you for financial losses caused by the injuries. This may include:
- Lost income from missed work
- Extra childcare provision while you recovered
- Travel expenses related to the injury (to and from the hospital, for example)
- Loss of pension contributions, attendance allowances or bonuses
- Modifications needed to your home or lifestyle (i.e. a wheelchair ramp)
For data breach claims, you can seek compensation for material damage (financial loss caused by the data breach) or non-material damage (psychological harm caused by the breach). What’s more, if you suffer both, you could claim both.
It’s important to remember that compensation is never absolutely guaranteed, but if you start your claim by sharing all the evidence of harm you can with a solicitor, you can give your case the best possible start. Speak to our advisors today for more information.
How do you connect with a good No Win No Fee solicitor? You might start by searching for reviews online. You may search ‘No Win No Fee solicitors near me’ online, but it’s good to note that solicitors can work for you from anywhere in the country. You don’t need to use those in your locality.
The NHS provides help on how to complain if you received substandard healthcare, but you could also search for ‘GP, hospital and medical negligence claims’ to maximise your claim. Word of mouth recommendations may also help your search.
Another simpler way is to get in touch with us. Our panel of No Win No Fee lawyers has the expertise and insights to help you make a claim. Whether it’s a data breach claim or any sort of injury caused by someone else’s negligence, we could support you.
Start your claim today by:
- Calling us on the number at the top of the page
- Contacting us online
- Using the ‘live support’ option on this page
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