Want to know about no win no fee? Read our 6 step by step guide to no win no fee claims.
When you have been injured or been in an accident that wasn’t your fault, the idea of making a claim for compensation can seem daunting. A no win no fee agreement allows you to get the compensation you deserve without additional stress and worry.
The time shortly after an accident or injury can be extremely stressful. You may be coming to terms with physical changes, overcoming pain, dealing with the emotional reactions to what happened to you and even worrying about how it is going to impact you financially. With so many things to deal with, it’s important that you find ways to minimize the impact on your time and energy.
Working with us to make a no win no fee claim for compensation allows you to relax and focus on the things that really matter, as we take care of as much as possible.
6 Steps To Making No Win No Fee Claims
Making any kind of a legal claim is worrying, so we have put together a 6 step by step guide about making no win no fee claims.
Step 1: Talk to us about your potential claim
You can get in touch with us by calling on 0121 565 4317 or by filling out our short, online form. Whether you call or apply online, we will still need to talk to you to make sure that we properly understand your case. It’s important that we fully understand your claim in order to give you the best possible service. The sheer quantity of information can seem daunting, but our compassionate, expert team of no win no fee solicitors are highly experienced and know exactly what to ask. You don’t need to have all of the information to hand. We will guide you through the process.
Step 2: Hire Your Solicitor With a No Win No Fee Agreement
If your claim is suitable for a no win no fee arrangement, we will explain the details of our contract with you. This is a legal document and will include our obligations to you, an explanation of how (and how much) we get paid and makes the agreement between us formal. We will also let you know the range of compensation we would expect you to receive if your claim is successful. You will not need to pay us anything to get started with your no win no fee claim. We are paid at the end of the case and if we don’t win, you don’t have to pay anything.
Step 3: We Notify The Other Party
Once you have signed a no win no fee contract with us, we are able to work on your behalf. We will write to the person who was at fault in your accident or injury explaining the claim you are making and giving them a set period of time to respond. This is a legal document which gives them the opportunity to admit that they were at fault for the accident (this is known as accepting liability) or to claim that they were not to blame (denying liability). If they accept liability, all that is left is to decide on the most appropriate level of compensation for your injuries. Quite often the other party (also known as the respondent) will deny liability, at least at first. This isn’t something to worry about.
Step 4: Gathering Evidence
If the respondent denies liability for your accident or injury, we will investigate on your behalf and gather evidence to prove that they were at fault. In the case of a car accident, for example, this could include the police report, a statement from your mechanic and statements from any eye witnesses. Because you have chosen a no win no fee arrangement, you won’t have to pay for any reports or investigations yourself, meaning that we can get the highest quality evidence without you having to worry about the cost. Once we have done this, most respondents will admit liability. Remember that we will have discussed your no win no fee claim with you as the very first step, so we know that you have a strong case.
Almost all of our cases are resolved at this stage, but a few respondents will continue to deny liability. If this is the case, you may have to go to court. Our expert personal injury solicitors will be with you and supporting you through every step of the process, in the unlikely event that this happens to you. If you go to court, the settlement will usually be decided by the court, rather than negotiated between solicitors.
Step 5: Negotiating Your Settlement
Once liability has been established, the solicitors for the other side will make an offer for how much compensation they are willing to pay. You are never under any obligation to accept an offer. It can be hard to know whether an offer is fair or not, but we will be able to explain any factors in your case which make an impact on the amount of compensation you should receive. We will let you know whether we believe that an offer of compensation is fair or not, but accepting it will still be your decision.
Step 6: Claims Settlement
Once the level of compensation has been agreed by both sides, the case is considered settled and you will receive your payment. It is only at this stage that you will need to pay our fees, as this comes out of your settlement. All costs will be those we discussed initially in our no win no fee agreement, so there won’t be any nasty surprises.
Paperwork Associated With No Win No Fee Claims?
Any legal process will require some paperwork, as contracts and agreements are legal documents that must be done properly. We take as much of this burden as we can, writing letters to the person or organisation responsible for your accident or injury on your behalf, filling out paperwork so you only have to sign it and conducting the negotiations. There will be paperwork that you will need to keep for your records, which will send to you, but the number of forms, letters and documents that need your input will be kept to a minimum. We want to make the process of making your no win no fee claim as easy as possible. You were not to blame for your accident or injury, so you shouldn’t have to experience additional stress trying to set it right.
What Information Will I Need To Give You To Start a Claim?
In order to get you the best possible settlement, we will need to fully understand your case. We will need to know what happened to you, the circumstances (what was going on at the time at which you got hurt), who you think is to blame and the impact it has had on your life.
There are many different aspects to consider when telling us the impact that your accident or injury has had on your life. The impact could be physical, such as pain, a reduction in your mobility (ability to get around the world) or even permanent disability. Physical impacts on your life do not need to be permanent to be considered relevant to the level of compensation you deserve. Whiplash is a very common, painful injury that you deserve to be compensated for, for example.
There are also emotional impacts on your life that need to be taken into consideration. Sometimes accidents can lead to depression, anxiety or even PTSD. You might be suffering with nightmares, insomnia or having trouble talking about what happened to you. Often, clients who have suffered a personal injury are not aware that the emotional consequences of their accident can also be an aspect of their claim. This is one way in which having our expert team of professional no win no fee solicitors can really help.
You may also be able to include the social consequences of your accident or injury into account when assessing the appropriate level of compensation. If you find yourself unable to take part in your normal hobbies or having to give up on things you had previously enjoyed, this can be taken into account. There are also financial consequences of your accident or injury. If you have been unable to work, had to pay out for treatment or even had to modify your house to accommodate your needs, this should all be reflected in the amount of compensation you deserve.
How Do I Begin My No Win No Fee Claim?
The first step doesn’t have to be hard. You can call us now on 0121 565 4317 or follow the link to apply online. You will be able to explain your circumstances to one of our friendly, experienced team who will be able to guide you through the process of making no win no fee claims. We will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. You weren’t at fault in your accident and we want to help put the situation right.