If you have an accident that wasn’t your fault, your life could be turned upside down. You may have to undergo medical treatment and rehabilitation for injuries you suffered as a result and could be unable to work. Making a compensation claim could help you see justice – but the last thing you need to worry about is finding the money to pay for a Lawyer.
That’s where No Win, No Fee Personal Injury claims come in. In short, you won’t have to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. We handle most Personal Injury and Medical Negligence claims on a No Win, No Fee basis and have won millions of pounds of compensation for people like you.
So, if you think you could be owed compensation, get in touch with our friendly team for a Free Claims Assessment. You can read on to learn more about these claims and how our No Win, No Fee Solicitors can help you put things right.
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What Is A No Win, No Fee Injury Claim?
It’s understandable to worry that starting a legal case will bring hefty costs that you can’t afford, especially if your accident has already left you out of pocket. But No Win, No Fee Personal Injury claims are designed to give you fair access to legal help if you’ve suffered an injury or illness that wasn’t your fault.
Also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), a No Win, No Fee agreement is an arrangement between you and your Personal Injury Lawyer. It simply means you won’t pay a penny in legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful – and takes the risk out of making a claim in the first place.
How Does No Win, No Fee Work?
No Win, No Fee claims allow you to claim compensation you could be rightfully owed without needing to take any risks with your money.
If you lose, you won’t pay any . If your claim is successful, you’ll pay us a success fee directly from your compensation once you receive it, plus any legal costs not paid for by the other side. A success fee is a percentage of your compensation and goes towards our legal help. Your No Win, No Fee Lawyer will agree this percentage with you upfront, so you won’t face any nasty surprises.
No Win, No Fee compensation claims require you having legal protection insurance in place. We can arrange an After the Event (ATE) insurance policy on your behalf. This makes sure you have nothing to pay if your claim is unsuccessful and covers costs such as medical reports and court fees. It also allows you to start your claim without paying anything upfront.
If you already have Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI) cover in place as part of another policy, you won’t need to make a No Win, No Fee agreement with us as your policy should cover your legal expenses.
Don’t worry if you’re not sure – we can check this for you.
What Types Of Claim Can I Make On A No Win, No Fee Basis?
Compensation claims with No Win, No Fee agreements involve some form of injury. No matter where or how it happened, if another person or organisation was to blame, we could get you compensation for its effects on your life.
We have specialist teams of No Win, No Fee Personal Injury Solicitors across England and Wales who can deal with many different types of accident and injury claims, including:
- Accident at work claims
- Accident in a public place claims
- Industrial disease claims, including asbestos claims
- Brain and head injury claims
- Holiday accident and sickness claims
- Medical negligence claims
- Military claims
- Road traffic accident claims including motorbike, cycling, pedestrian and car accidents
- Spinal cord injuries
- Serious injury claims
Who Pays What If I Win My No Win, No Fee Compensation Claim?
If your case is successful, it’s usually your opponent’s insurer that pays your compensation. They’ll also cover some of your legal costs.
Any Your No Win, No Fee injury Lawyer will discuss this with you at the beginning of your claim, so you won’t be caught out by surprise costs when your case is settled.
You’ll also pay us a success fee from your compensation as payment for our legal services. This is capped at no more than 25% of the damages awarded, and you’ll know all about this upfront too. We’re 100% transparent about our costs and would be happy to talk with you about how this works in more detail when you get in touch.
What is No Win, No Fee?
A No Win, No Fee agreement, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement, is the arrangement between you and your Personal Injury Solicitor.
It means that if you win your claim, any costs and expenses will be deducted from your compensation after it’s been paid. Your Personal Injury Solicitor will discuss this with you at the beginning of your claim, so you won’t be caught out by surprise costs when your case is settled.
How Does No Win, No Fee Work?
If we can offer you a No Win, No Fee Agreement and you agree, we may ask you to take out an After the Event (ATE) insurance policy.
This will cover any costs such as medical reports and Court fees, and means you can start your personal injury claim without paying anything upfront. ATE insurance also provides vital protection if your personal injury claim doesn’t succeed.
You may already have existing Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI) cover in place as part of another insurance policy. We can check if you already have suitable cover in place.
What Happens If I Win My No Win, No Fee Claim?
If we’re successful with your personal injury claim and you’re awarded compensation, our fees for helping you will be paid from this compensation. This is capped at no more than 25% of the total compensation awarded.
We are very transparent about our costs and would be happy to talk with you about how this works in more detail.
Does Anyone Get 100% of the Compensation in a No Win, No Fee Agreement?
If you’re awarded compensation for mesothelioma resulting from asbestos exposure you’ll receive 100% of the compensation because our fee will be paid by the other side or their insurer, not by you.
Trade Union members claiming compensation through their legal panel (Simpson Millar is a panel member for many Trade Unions) will also receive 100% of the compensation because of your Trade Union membership.
Are There Any Situations Where I Could Get 100% Of The No Win, No Fee Compensation?
Yes, there are. If you’re given compensation for mesothelioma resulting from asbestos exposure you’ll receive 100% of your award because our success fee will be paid by the other side or their insurer, rather than coming out of your compensation.
You could also receive 100% of your compensation if you’re a member of a Trade Union. Read more about our Trade Union legal services, or tell one of our No Win No Fee Solicitors if you’re a member so they can let you know if you qualify.
Who Pays What If I Lose My No Win, No Fee Claim?
If you’re unsuccessful with your No Win, No Fee claim, you won’t pay us anything for our legal fees. This is part of the risk we take by agreeing to handle your case. Any other costs, such as an expert medical report on your condition or your opponent’s legal fees, will be covered by your insurance policy.
The only time you could need to pay anything would be if a court judged that you had made a false or malicious claim. But our team will speak to you about your situation in detail to make sure all the facts are in order from the beginning.
How Do I Know If I Can Make A No Win, No Fee Injury Claim?
Our experienced No Win, No Fee Lawyers take on cases that they judge to have a good chance of success.
This means they’ll need to prove that somebody else was the cause of your injury or illness because of something they did or failed to do. To secure a fair amount of compensation, they’ll need to show that this behaviour caused your condition and any other impacts on your life, such as loss of income.
Some cases are clear and obvious, while others are more complicated. You may be unsure on the finer details or worried that a situation was partly your fault – if you weren’t wearing a seatbelt in a car accident, for example.
The best way to learn if you could claim compensation on a No Win, No Fee basis is to contact our friendly legal experts. We’ll listen to your situation and talk you through your options without any confusing legal jargon.
This first conversation is a Free Claims Assessment and fully confidential. Even if we think you have grounds to make a claim, you don’t have to continue if you don’t want to. The final decision is yours.
How Much No Win, No Fee Compensation Could I Get?
There’s no quick and easy answer as every No Win, No Fee Personal Injury Claim is different.
We will fight to get you an appropriate level of compensation for the severity of your injury and its other impacts on your life. These could include the cost of adaptations to your home, ongoing care, travel and accommodation and lost earnings. The final amount will also depend on whether you’re partly responsible for your injuries.
Your No Win, No Fee Personal Injury Solicitor can give you an estimate of what you can expect to receive after learning the details of your situation and collecting evidence.
Rest assured, you’ll be in safe hands. Read our case studies to learn more about the millions of pounds of compensation we’ve won for our clients in the past.
How Long Does A No Win, No Fee Claim Take?
As with the amount of compensation you could receive, every case is different. The time it takes to finalise your claim could depend on:
- The severity and circumstances of your injury
- How long it takes to gather necessary evidence such as medical reports and witness statements
- Whether your opponent agrees to settle or disputes your claim
As a general rule, the more complicated your case, the longer it will take to resolve. We’ll support you for as long as it takes and keep you updated throughout.
Why Choose Simpson Millar As Your No Win, No Fee Personal Injury Solicitors?
We have some of the most knowledgeable, experienced and determined No Win, No Fee Lawyers. Suffering an injury or illness that wasn’t your fault can be a shock and feel unfair – but getting in touch can help get your life back on track.
- No Win, No Fee Personal Injury Solicitors: We take most personal injury and negligence cases on a No Win, No Fee basis, so there’s no financial risk if your claim is unsuccessful.
- Friendly and straightforward: We’ll update you at every stage of your claim and never confuse you with legal jargon.
- Connected with medical professionals: We’ll get you the best treatment available from world-class doctors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, cosmetic surgeons and prosthetics experts.
- Partnered with leading organisations: We also work with the Spinal Injuries Association, Headway, BRAKE, The Child Brain Injury Trust, The British Lung Foundationand Action against Medical Accidents.
- Industry accredited: We’re authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and many of our solicitors are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), Headway and Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS).
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What Is The No Win, No Fee Personal Injury Claims Process?
You contact us for a Free Claims Assessment
You can call us on 08002605010 or request a callback for a free and confidential Claims Assessment. Our advisers will listen carefully and let you know if you could make a No Win, No Fee compensation claim.
We introduce your Solicitor
If you choose to go ahead, we’ll pair you with one of our No Win, No Fee Injury Lawyers. They’ll tell you if they can take on your case and talk through things like your funding options and expected compensation amounts.
We collect evidence
We’ll begin collecting evidence to build as strong a case as possible and work out how much compensation you’re owed. This will include organising an independent medical examination of your injuries to put together a report.
We submit your claim
We’ll submit your claim to the person or organisation at fault for your injury and ask them to admit responsibility. We may also ask for an initial interim payment to cover any immediate medical costs while the claim process is still underway, and we can continue to ask for interim payments throughout your claim for any treatment you need or expenses you have.
We negotiate your compensation
Your Solicitor will fight to get you the right compensation. Your claim could go to Court if we can’t reach an agreement, but this is rare with No Win, No Fee Personal Injury Claims. Once settled, you’ll either get your compensation quickly or have nothing to pay if your case loses.
How Long Do I Have To Make A No Win, No Fee Claim?
Most personal injury claims have a legal time limit of three years. This is either from:
- The date of your accident
- When you first became aware of its effects (such as the diagnosis of a workplace illness)
- When you learned it was caused by somebody else
There are exceptions that might mean you have more or less than three years to make a claim.
Contacting us as early as possible will help us gather accurate evidence and increase the likelihood that we can handle your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
What Are My Other Funding Options?
Most personal injury claims are paid for using a No Win, No Fee agreement. Other options however include:
- Trade Unions: Some memberships include legal protection insurance
- Existing Legal Expenses Insurance: Your household or car insurance policy may include legal expenses cover
- Legal Aid: If your claim is for a serious neurological injury suffered by an infant during pregnancy, birth or up to eight weeks after birth, legal aid could cover legal fees and costs
We’ll discuss all the funding options available when you contact us for a free claims assessment to make sure that we use the right option for you.
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