No Win No Fee Claim

When it comes to Medical Negligence No Win No Fee agreements, our Solicitor members agree that they will never charge a client more than 20% of the winnings! If the Claim fails they must also agree that they will never charge the client a penny. No Insurance charges, no catches, no small print. Beat that!

Funding a Claim

What Happened to Legal Aid? Is “No Win No Fee” Better?

Is a No Win No Fee better than legal aid? Well, funding a legal claim has certainly become more confusing. A “No Win No Fee” agreement until recently used to mean that a Solicitor would make no deductions and expect no payments at by the clients.

Now, regrettably, things have changed. The Cameron Conservative government was very friendly toward city insurance underwriters. This meant the law surrounding funding legal claims has since changed to their benefit.

To a no win no fee claim medical Solicitor, time is literally money. However, the days are long past when a client with a clinical or dental claim expected to pay a lawyer by the hour. Rightly so. Every medical negligence or dental negligence claim our members now process is run on a “no win no fee” basis. This means that they charge nothing if the claim loses and 20% of your damages (compensation) if you win.  No catches. All you have to do is see the claim through to the end. If you win – you win and if you lose you just walk away.

Is there any risk to bringing a legal claim?

Any legal action that is supported by one of our Solicitor members will be vigorously vetted before it is accepted. Once accepted the action will commence “investigation only”. That means that whilst there is technically a live legal claim, the Defendants are not formally on notice that you are bringing a claim. Any specific allegations in the claim have not yet been formally pleaded to them. Only once there has been a full investigation of the facts, will a claim follow. Only then, if there is a report supporting the action by a clinician will there follow a letter of claim.

Our members do not engage in speculative claims or nuisance claims. If you win your no win no fee claim, then the Defendants will pay your damages and our members legal costs. If you lose there are no costs and the action just closes. You simply walk away.

Our members know that all of this no win no fee talk seems impossible to follow. If you have questions though, just ask, there is no denying that understanding this stuff is not easy, do not try too, just call or contact and our members will answer any questions you have at all.

Does Legal Aid Still Exist for Medical Negligence Claims

Legal Aid has also now practically gone for 99.9% of claims. Now, everyone has to give a little of their compensation for legal fees if they win. Its a myth though, that legal aid made lawyers free, it was always “means tested” – some contribution to fees by the litigant was due at the end of the case and how much depended upon your income.

In that regard then there is little difference between legal aid cases and no win no fee (depending on your income) for most people.

This of course often comes as a shock to those involved in a legal action against a Hospital or a large NHS Trust. These Defendants have expert teams of lawyers who resist seemingly the indefensible and string out claims for years rather than settling them sensibly and quickly. Having a No Win No Fee Agreement at least means that you are not having to pay a lawyer while they try and frustrate the claim.

There are then serious advantages to No win no fee litigaiton and it would be a foolish claimaint who ignored it. All that remains is for you to be certain about the lawyer you instruct and the way the claim is handled.  

Can I Just Complain?

We are only too aware that the systems that Hospitals have in place for complaints and for conflict resolution seem to be designed to: disagree, diminish and deny all responsiblitliy. We also know how difficult it is to make the next step to instruct a no win no fee claim lawyer.

Our members are not like other Solicitors. They are all members of the Law Society Medical Negligence Specialist Panel. They are committed to medical actions and to reforming the process to make it easier for patients who have ended up on the wrong side of medicine.

Look around the medical pages of this web site and when you are ready, just hit the “read more here” below the first picture of any page. It will bring you back here. Our members know you will have questions even if it is just about howe a no win no fee agreement works. All you need do is call. Or even easier than that – simply fill in the contact details on any box on any page. We can email or if you would prefer to speak, we will call or if you wan to call us we have put our tel number everywhere on the site.

Should I be worried about Legal Costs?

England and Wales have a web of regulations concerning the funding of litigation. To fully bring about a positon where you as a consumer completely understand them, we would need to sit you down in a room with a lawyer for 2 weeks intensive lecturing.

Nobody could be so cruel as to impose that on anyone. What is “given” here is this, most solicitors will not “rip off” a customer. To do so would be professional suicide. Particularly in the days where online reputation is everything and a single bad review can undo years of solid good work.

We are not suggesting that you cannot go wrong. Some lawyers are definately more averse to reviews than others.

However, it is worth noting that a good deal is better than the typical deal. With our members, you get to choose from among the best qualified medical lawyers at the best possible no win no fee agreement. If you have any questions we will answer them for you, just get in contact and ask, its completely free.

How Do You Trust a Solicitor Not to Charge?

It shouldn’t be amusing, however, if you google “how do I trust a Solicitor, what returns in the search results is a long list of Solicitors firms that speciailise in setting up trust funds!

As a profession, Solicitors have a low trust score among the public. They have done this to themselves.

There are invetibaly issues of trust with the public when a Solicitor goes all out to promise that they will not charge you. What you need to recognise is that Solicitors who have genuine specialised practices such as clinical, surgical, dental negligence or in fact anything, live and die by thier professional status. If they have no reputation for such work they have nothing to fall back on. This is a big motivating factor for those that offer no win no fee agreements. Ultimately, if they promise one thing and do another, then that is effectively the end of the game for them. They cannot just continue with thier wills and probate business or thier divorce clients. They have lost thier only route to professional standing.

That is a very very important point to consider. Real specialists, do not have a mixed practice, they specialise. Real specialists do not rely on other lawyers (Barristers) opinions to tell them what to think or what to do. Real Specialists stand by thier word with regard to thier advice. That holds true for no win no fee agreements too. It is in our members interest to serve you well and charge you fairly. They will stick to thier agreement and they will not suprise you with anything.

Our Solicitor members dont expect you to be an expert in contract loaw or in legal funding. They understand that you will be confused and that you have questions that will require answering. They dont want you to enter anyting that you are not happy about. There is no “hard sell” and no pressure, if you dont want to claim thats fine if you do they want to help.
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