No Win No Fee Claims

A No Win No Fee agreement takes the financial risk and worry out of getting justice.

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What is No Win No Fee?

A No Win No Fee arrangement is one where you only pay your solicitor a fee if you win your personal injury or medical negligence claim. If your solicitor takes on your case and you aren’t successful, you won’t pay them any legal fees.

After an accident or injury, you’ll want to focus on your recovery rather than on funding a claim. Also known as a conditional fee agreement, a No Win No Fee arrangement means there is no financial risk to you.

If you are unsure about whether you can make a No Win No Fee claim, just get in touch. Our friendly and compassionate claims advisors will discuss your situation with you and help you work out the best next step.

How does No Win No Fee work?

No Win No Fee agreements were introduced into law to give people who couldn’t afford legal representation the chance to access the justice they were entitled to. This means that everyone is now able to make a compensation claim after being injured in an accident that wasn’t their fault.

Our specialist injury solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This will be up to 25% but never more. This percentage will be agreed with you before beginning your claim so you won’t have to worry about any unexpected costs.

Your solicitor may take out an insurance policy – known as ‘after the event’ insurance – on your behalf. This will cover costs such as court fees.

When you make a No Win No Fee claim, you will typically claim against the insurer of the person or organisation responsible for your accident. This means you won’t be claiming directly against the individual or company, which can be reassuring in certain cases – particularly those involving workplace injuries.

Types of No Win No Fee cases

You can apply No Win No Fee to a number of civil justice cases, including but not limited to:

Personal injury claims
If you were hurt in an injury that wasn’t your fault in the last three years, you could make a No Win No Fee personal injury claim. Our specialist solicitors will work to get you the compensation you deserve, as well as any further care you may need. This may take the form of medical treatment such as physiotherapy.

Medical negligence claims
Medical negligence can be devastating, but we are here to help you get through it and get back on your feet. Whether you’ve suffered a misdiagnosis, surgical negligence or even cosmetic surgery negligence, you are entitled to justice.

Road traffic accident claims
Road traffic accidents are highly distressing – but when you’re hurt in one that wasn’t your fault, it can be even more upsetting. If you’ve suffered an injury in a road accident – whether minor or life-changing – you could make a No Win No Fee claim for compensation.

Accident at work claims
Making a claim for an accident at work can be daunting if you don’t want to cause any conflict at work. But when you make a No Win No Fee workplace accident claim, you claim against your employer’s insurer, not them directly. This means your claim won’t negatively affect your employer or colleagues.

Slip, trip and fall claims
A slip, trip or fall can hurt more than just your pride. If you’ve suffered an injury in public after a fall, you can make a claim for compensation. This will be done against the organisation responsible for the building or public space you were in – whether that’s the local authority or shop owner.

Industrial disease claims
As well as accidents in the workplace, you could end up suffering from an industrial disease, particularly if you work with hazardous materials. If your employer did not take the appropriate actions to keep you safe, you could make a No Win No Fee claim for compensation.

You could make a No Win No Fee claim for many other injuries if they were caused by someone else’s negligence. If you’re not sure whether you are able to, just get in touch to find out more.

 

How do I make a claim?

The first thing to do is to find out whether you can make a No Win No Fee claim. You can do this simply by getting in touch with us. Our advisors are happy to talk you through your case. If you then decide that you’d like to go ahead with a claim, we will introduce you to one of our specialist solicitors.

They will then talk you through the process, ensuring that you know what will happen in the coming months. They will make sure you are comfortable with the percentage of your compensation you will pay them if you’re successful.

After getting your approval to continue, your solicitor will begin building your case by investigating what happened and putting together the available evidence. They may arrange for you to have a medical assessment by an expert, which could provide strong evidence.

Your solicitor will then submit your claim to the party responsible for your accident and begin negotiations for an appropriate settlement figure. If they don’t think the offered figure is enough to cover the pain and suffering you’ve been through, they will continue to negotiate until they are satisfied you are receiving the compensation you deserve.

How long will my No Win No Fee claim take?

How long your claim takes will depend on the severity of your injury and the circumstances surrounding it.

In straightforward cases, such as whiplash claims, the process could be completed in just a few months.

More complex cases will take longer to settle, however. Your solicitor will have to ensure that all investigations are carried out and evidence is compiled before beginning negotiations, which could take a few years to conclude.

Is there a time limit for making a No Win No Fee claim?

In most cases, you will have three years to make a No Win No Fee claim for an injury caused by someone else.

But there are some exceptions. If you are claiming on behalf of someone who lacks the capacity to claim for themselves, you won’t face a deadline unless they regain capacity.

Children will also be able to make a claim at any point until their 18th birthday, when they will then have three years to claim. This means they can begin a No Win No Fee claim up until they turn 21.

Meanwhile, if you only discover that you were the victim of negligence much later when symptoms start showing, you can still make a claim. Once you find out that you have suffered from negligence, you will be able to make a claim up to three years from that date. This is known as the date of knowledge.

What is legal aid?

Legal aid exists to help people access legal help when they can’t afford it but is only available in certain circumstances. According to the government, it “can help meet the costs of legal advice, family mediation and representation in a court or tribunal”.

In order to receive legal aid, you will have to prove that your legal problem is serious and that you cannot afford to pay for help.

To be eligible to receive legal aid, your problem could include:

  • Being at risk of abuse or harm, such as domestic violence
  • Having been accused of a crime
  • Being at risk of homelessness
  • Requiring family mediation

Why choose First4Lawyers?

First4Lawyers only works with specialist No Win No Fee solicitors, who are experienced in getting their clients justice. They work to get you the maximum compensation possible, helping you to make a recovery from the injury you have suffered.

Our claims advisors have years of experience in helping people who have been injured through no fault of their own access the justice they’re entitled to. We have won multiple awards for our commitment to providing the best service to our clients. And they agree - we have a 4.9 rating on Trustpilot.

If you’d like us to help you, just give us a call, request a call back at a convenient time or start your claim here.

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