Here at No Win No Fee Solicitors Co, we devote our time and energy to providing you with advice on a range of legal matters.
Across our site, you can find free information on everything from the personal injury claims process to No Win No Fee agreements.
We delve into detail on specific legal issues too, like the evidence needed to prove a claim and your legal rights if you’ve been injured at work, on the road or in a public space.
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We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Our dedicated team of advisers will answer your queries and can discuss your potential case with you. So, if you want to enquire about specific matters such as what’s involved in hiring No Win No Fee solicitors for negligence claims, we can help.
In the sections below, we will delve deeper into frequently asked questions regarding personal injury claims under a No Win No Fee agreement. This includes:
- What types of cases and evidence apply to personal injury claims?
- How do No Win No Fee solicitors work?
- What percentage do solicitors take for No Win No Fee claims?
What Types Of Cases Fall Under Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury is a broad area of law. It’s underpinned by the principle of negligence, which relates to a failure to take proper care of something. This may be your welfare at work or when driving on the roads.
To succeed in a negligence claim, it’s necessary to prove three things:
- That the defendant owed you a duty of care;
- They breached that duty of care, and;
- As a result, you suffered an injury, illness or some form of damage
These criteria apply to all types of personal injury law, as well as medical negligence claims too. In particular, it covers:
- Accident at work claims – There are many examples of accidents at work which you could potentially claim for if you’re hurt due to negligent behaviour by another party, such as your employer. Claims for work accidents and injuries can potentially involve issues such as a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), a failure on your employers’ part to conduct proper and regular risk assessments and maintenance checks, or a failure to provide adequate training. It is usually possible to claim for an accident at work with No Win No Fee solicitors.
- Road traffic accident claims – such incidents can impact drivers, cyclists or pedestrians. They can be caused by failing to take proper care and attention on the road, carrying out dangerous manoeuvres, or driving under the influence. Provided you have sufficient evidence, it is normally possible to start claims for different types of road traffic accidents, such as a car accident, with No Win No Fee solicitors.
- Accidents in public spaces, like slips, trips and falls – not dissimilar to accidents at work, public liability claims relate to the duties owed by those in control of spaces open to the public. These duties involve keeping risks of harm to a minimum, so far as reasonably possible. One example may involve a supermarket cleaning up a box of dropped eggs. A failure to do so within a reasonable timeframe, or at least to secure the hazard, could see someone slip and fall.
If you would like to speak to us about potentially instructing a No Win No Fee solicitor, you can reach our team using the contact details included on this page.
What Do You Need To Prove Negligence?
We mentioned in the section above the need to prove the three criteria of negligence—duty of care, breach of duty and damage. In this section, we expand upon that.
Proving that a defendant owed you a duty of care is relatively straightforward. All employers owe their employees a duty of care to keep them safe from harm so far as reasonably possible. This is a legal duty contained in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Similarly, those in control of public spaces owe their visitors a duty to reduce any risks or hazards to the lowest level reasonably possible. This is set out in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
All road users owe a duty of care under legislation like the Road Traffic Accident 1988 and guideline documents like the Highway Code.
Proving a breach of this duty of care is often the hardest part. This is achieved through evidence.
For example, in an accident at work claim, it will be necessary to establish that your employer failed to provide adequate training to a colleague who caused you harm by hitting you with a forklift truck they were operating. This can be proven by obtaining training records from your employer.
So if you’re thinking of making a claim, the types of evidence that can really help your case include:
- Photographs of the scene or the cause of the accident
- The contact information of any witnesses to the accident
- Records from any accident report book
- Medical notes
What Is The Personal Injury Claims Time Limit?
Personal injury claims, as well as medical negligence claims, have a set time in which the case can be made. This is contained in the Limitation Act 1980.
Here’s a breakdown of the rules:
- You have 3 years from the date of the accident to issue court proceedings
- In some cases, the date of the accident may not be the best time limit to go by, such as in industrial disease cases involving asbestos-related illnesses. So instead, you could have 3 years from the date you obtained knowledge that the accident at least partially caused you harm
- In cases involving those under the age of 18, the time limit will be frozen until the injured person turns 18. They would then have 3 years from the date they turn 18 to make a claim. However, a litigation friend can make a claim on their behalf before this time.
- If an injured person loses or lacks their mental capacity, the time limit is frozen until they regain their capacity to represent themselves and make decisions. However, a litigation friend can represent the injured person.
You can learn more about the personal injury claims time limit in our detailed guide.
Potential Compensation Payouts From Personal Injury Claims
If you have grounds to start a personal injury claim with the support of No Win No Fee solicitors, then you may have questions about how much compensation may be offered to you. Each claim is treated on a case-by-case basis and the final payouts can vary.
In the table included below, there are compensation brackets which are based on the Judicial College Guidelines (the 2022 edition). These brackets cover certain injuries that you may potentially claim for when seeking compensation. The figures are based on past cases and solicitors may use these for guidance while calculating the value of injuries in your own claim.
However, they are not reflective of what you will receive in your settlement as each case varies.
|Injury Type||Injury Severity||Compensation Bracket|
|Leg Injuries||Below-Knee Amputation Of Both Legs||£201,490 to £270,100|
|Leg injuries||Serious||£39,200 to £54,830|
|Leg Injuries||Moderate||£27,760 to £39,200|
|Arm Injuries||Severe Injuries||£96,160 to £130,930|
|Arm Injuries||Less Severe Injuries||£19,200 to £39,170|
|Arm Injuries||Simple Fractures Affecting The Forearm||£6,610 to £19,200|
|Shoulder Injuries||Serious||£12,770 to £19,200|
|Shoulder Injuries||Moderate||£7,890 to £12,770|
|Finger Injuries||Amputation Of Little Finger||£8,640 to £12,240|
|Finger Injuries||Serious Injury To Little Finger||In the region of £6,000|
For more advice on potential compensation payouts, please get in touch with our advisors today.
How Can No Win No Fee Solicitors In The UK Help Me?
You might be wondering about how No Win No Fee solicitors can help you and whether you need to be located close to where you live. However, location is not an important factor when deciding whether to hire legal representation.
Solicitors can assist you with your claim in many different ways. For example, they can gather evidence with you to help support your claim.
Additionally, they will answer any questions you have regarding your claim throughout the entire process. They understand that making a claim can seem daunting, and explaining certain processes to you can help settle your nerves.
Much of this can be done over the phone or via video chats. However, lawyers are always willing to arrange face-to-face meetings too.
How Much Do No Win No Fee Solicitors Take?
We can understand if you have concerns about how expensive it is to hire legal representation for a potential claim. However, many personal injury solicitors offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that if your claim succeeds, then the percentage that No Win No Fee solicitors take is a small and legally capped amount from the compensation awarded.
If you are not awarded any compensation, then you are usually not required to pay their legal fees. This helps to reduce the financial burden on the claimant. It also gives the No Win No Fee solicitor supporting you extra motivation to work hard on your case, since they face more risk financially.
Read More Of Our Guides
We have some other guides that you may find useful:
- To learn more about claiming for a car accident with No Win No Fee solicitors or claiming for other types of road traffic accidents, check out our dedicated road traffic accident claims guide here
- Want to learn more about making a claim for injuries caused by accidents at work in the UK? Or perhaps you are looking for a work accident claims calculator? You can learn more about seeking workers compensation in the UK by reading our accident at work claims guide here
- Read our guide to personal injury claims here
- Want to learn more about the time limit for a personal injury claim? You can check out the link to the guide included on our website that addresses the different potential time limits for personal injury claims
- For those seeking a general accident at work claim calculator (or one that covers specific work injuries, like a tinnitus compensation calculator) you can check out our dedicated injury at work claims calculator guide
- And head here to learn more about what to do after a slip, trip and fall
- Looking for a No Win No Fee calculator? You can read our dedicated guide to making a personal injury claim in the UK with a No Win No Fee lawyer
Other Guides On Our Site
- Examples Of Accidents At Work
- Can I Use A Personal Injury Claims Calculator?
- Can I Claim After I Slipped At Work?
- Slipped On A Wet Floor Accident Claims
- What Are The Most Important Accident At Work Laws?
If you have any questions at all about claiming compensation with the help of No Win No Fee lawyers, please get in touch with us. You can use our online contact form to speak to our team of advisors.