Why Does ‘No Win No Fee’ Exist?

Road traffic accidents cannot always be predicted. No matter how careful you are on the road, there could easily be some element – another person driving dangerously, a pedestrian, the weather, and more – that causes an accident. Accidents happen on a daily basis, and many people wanted to seek compensation for their road traffic accidents, but could not afford to do so. Therefore, the no win no fee model of claiming compensation was introduced. It meant that everyone who was eligible for claiming could do so without needing to spend many thousands of pounds. 

How Does No Win No Fee Work?

There are many lawyers who deal with the compensation claims that often come after road traffic accidents. And the majority of these solicitors will work on a no win no fee basis to help people get the financial compensation you deserve. This means that if you do not win the case, you will not need to pay your solicitor any fees. It also means that you only pay the fees after you have won – not upfront. This allows many more people access to justice and the right level of compensation after a road traffic accident. This will all be spelt out in the lawyers agreement with their client. 

The no win no fee model means that the solicitor – not the client – takes on all the risk for your case. In return for them winning, there is a ‘success fee’ to pay, and this will be a percentage of the money that has been awarded in compensation. The fees are recovered directly from the compensation, and the client will be given what is left over. You will need to sign a CFA, which is a Conditional Fee Agreement, which is legally binding, before this can happen, and this is the backbone of any no win no fee style of working. You should never sign a legal document after an accident without first reading it through to ensure that you know exactly what it is you are signing. Once you are sure, you should sign so that the work can begin. 

What Do You Need To Begin Your Claim?

In order to begin the process of a no win no fee claim, you will need to pass over some important information to your solicitor. After that, you can relax and let the healing process for whatever injury you have sustained work. The first thing, however, that you will need to do to start your road traffic accident claim is to have a consultation with your lawyer. Without this, your solicitor won’t know how to progress your claim, or what you want out of it at the end. During the initial consultant, you will be asked about the accident itself. You will need to detail how it happened, the date it happened, where it happened, and what injuries were sustained. 

You will also need to provide any contact details for witnesses (if there were any). In relation to your injuries, you will need to provide medical notes if you can. If you do not have them, a doctor’s letter detailing the problems and any outcomes will also work well. Your solicitor will want to know what treatment you have already received and if there is any more treatment to come. You will also need to provide details of your salary so that any loss of earnings can be calculated. The same is true for any other expenses incurred by the accident. Plus make sure you have your insurance documents to hand.

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