Recently I’ve had one of the ex-pats who comes to our ex-pat business coffee mornings in Provence asking me about what they can do if they are injured whilst in France. In simple terms of the process works very similar to the way in which no win no fee solicitors work in the UK. I asked an old friend of mine who works for a London firm of no win no fee lawyers to give me a bit of content about this in order to explain the process a little better.
Using a No Win No Fee Solicitor
For many people, the idea of claiming compensation following an accident is something that is appealing to them. But many also feel that they are unable to hold those responsible to account due to the costs involved in making a compensation claim. Fortunately, “no win, no fee” was introduced in the 90s to allow those who were hurt in an accident access to justice even if they could not afford the legal costs.
We believe that if you are involved in an accident that is not your fault, you have the right to make a claim and hold those who are responsible for your injuries to account. Our “no win, no fee” agreements make it possible for you to take legal action without worrying about the cost.
What Is “No Win, No Fee”?
“No win, no fee” simply means that if your personal injury lawyers are unable to secure you compensation, or win your case, you will not be required to pay any legal fees. This means that if you are not awarded any compensation, you will not have to pay, or have any unexpected bills. The vast majority of solicitors take out “After The Event” Insurance to ensure you do not have any costs upfront. This means that they cover the costs at the risk of being unsuccessful. Despite no fees for representation, claimants may still have to pay some costs, such as court fees.
You will only require to pay for your legal fees if you are successful in obtaining compensation. We believe our clients are entitled to the lion’s share of what they are awarded. Therefore, we will strive to take a minimal fee to cover our costs. By taking a minimal fee only to cover our costs, we are ensuring that you can hold those responsible to account for your injuries and that justice is served.
What Happens When You Make A Claim?
When you first make a claim, your solicitor will be able to inform you of all the documentation and evidence required in order to build the strongest possible case. If you are successful in obtaining damages, the compensation you receive will be recovered from the insurance company of the other party. If you are unsuccessful in making your personal injury claim, the cost of what you pay for the legal advice and representation given depends on the agreement you signed.
If you have any doubts over what you may require to pay, it is best to sit down and discuss matters such as payment with your solicitor. For more information you can read other blog posts that I have written about personal injury law.