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“No win, no fee” personal injury solicitors: what’s the catch?

Sep 18, 2023 | Uncategorised

Some things in life seem too good to be true. A free lunch, say, or a pop-up telling you that as the millionth visitor to a website, you’re in line to receive some fabulous gift.

“No win, no fee” personal injury solicitors often elicit the same type of suspicion. Even if solicitors are acting in their clients’ best interests, they’re making money – so surely these kinds of cases come with a catch?

Well, we’re pleased to be able to say that the answer is a big fat no. “No win, no fee” is a system designed to ensure that nobody’s out of pocket at the end of a claim – so you can pursue the compensation you deserve without fear of financial loss.

Here at Milners Law, we pursue compensation for personal injury almost entirely on a “no win, no fee” basis – whether it’s a workplace injury, an accident in a public place, a road traffic accident or a case of medical negligence.

We understand how devastating these injuries can be and do our utmost to secure you the compensation you deserve. If you win, we take a small success fee from the compensation – but if you lose, you pay nothing. Not a penny. There are no hidden costs, no snags and no nasty surprises.

What is “no win, no fee”?

Also known as a conditional fee agreement, a “no win, no fee” claim is an agreement made between you and your solicitor.

They take out an insurance policy on your behalf. This is used to cover any costs that might be incurred during the claim – court fees, for instance, or medical reports.

There’s no catch. You won’t be faced with an unexpected bill at the end of the case. You’ll either receive the compensation you pursued or pay nothing.

How can I know if my claim will be successful?

This is the million-pound question. Personal injury claims take time and effort – so you want to feel confident that you stand a good chance of success.

It’s important to say that victory isn’t guaranteed. However, a reputable firm won’t take on your case if they think it’s likely to fail.

To improve your chances, it’s a good idea to find a personal injury solicitor who’s got a solid reputation and a proven track record for success. It’s not a dead cert – but it’s as close as you’re going to get to one.

What happens if my claim is successful?

If your personal injury claim is successful, your legal fees will be recovered from the person who caused your injury – be it an individual, company or public body.

This is in line with the principle of “polluter pays”. In other words, it’s the person who caused harm that’s responsible for making up for it.

In the event of success, your solicitor will take a “success fee” – a percentage of the compensation that’s been recovered. This will have formed part of the initial agreement, so you won’t face any nasty surprises.

What happens if my claim is unsuccessful?

A good personal injury lawyer will do their best to ensure this never happens. However, nothing in life is certain and cases that look solid sometimes fail.

If you do lose your case, you won’t face any costs at all. The only exception to this can be if you misinformed your solicitor or didn’t fully cooperate. In this instance, some solicitors will require a fee.

Can you cancel a “no win, no fee” agreement?

Yes. All claimants have the right to cancel a “no win, no fee” arrangement.

Can I make a claim for any type of personal injury?

Typically, personal injury lawyers cover injuries caused by accidents, professional negligence, medical negligence and traffic accidents, among other things.

If you don’t see what you’re looking for on a solicitor’s website, get in touch anyway. A good firm should be able to help you regardless of the nature of your personal injury.

Are there any hidden costs?

No. Your personal injury solicitor will tell you at the top what a success fee will be and in the event of failure, you won’t pay anything. There’s no catch.

Why choose Milners?

Here at Milners, we fight your corner on a “no win, no fee” basis. We’ll only take on your case if we think it stands a good chance of winning – and we always aim for 100% compensation.

With us, you’re always dealing with expert lawyers – never someone at a call centre. You’ll be constantly updated about the progress of your case and able to keep in touch with the lead solicitor on your case by direct line.

We understand how difficult and life-changing injuries can be, so we offer support that’s as sympathetic and tactful as it is rigorous.

We’re a small, close-knit team of expert personal injury solicitors with a proven track record of success. Our mission is to get you the compensation you deserve.

All our staff are accredited – both as members of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. These accreditations reflect the fact that we follow best practices and have a history of winning cases for our clients.

So, if you’re seeking compensation for an accident that wasn’t your fault, get in touch and tell us about it. We’ll assess your chances of success – and if we think we can get you 100% compensation, we’ll take your case on with no risks and no hidden costs.

Whatever the reason, we guarantee that you’ll never finish working with us out of pocket. That’s the beauty of “no win, no fee”: you’re either compensated or not. You’ll never find yourself having to deal with unexpected bills.

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