posted on 08 06,2018 / 9:58 am
When it comes to making a personal injury claim, there are usually two ways to get compensation. You could opt for a settlement outside of court, or go through a civil dispute in order to claim damages.
The majority of cases settle well before trial, mostly because personal injury cases involve insurance companies. But not all personal injury claims are straightforward. While a settlement allows a defendant the ability to avoid risks and keep costs low, a civil dispute could render a bigger pay-out and will involve legal costs.
Either way, we would like to help you get the most out of your personal injury claim by knowing a few important facts. Specifically about litigation and the legal costs involved.
Most Solicitors today offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you will only be liable for the legal fees in the event where a claim is successful. But this is not as cut and dry as it sounds. In most cases, the complexity and the funding method predict the charges you may incur. Your solicitor may ask you to pay running expenses or ‘disbursements’ to support the case as it progresses. For example, the cost of medical evidence. It is also a good idea to compare the charges from a few different firms as they may vary on the experience of solicitors as well.
Furthermore, it’s essential to know that there is no longer any legal aid for personal injury cases in England and Wales. In the event where your case is successful, the defendant should pay most of your basic legal costs.
Many options are available to make sure that you can cover your costs should your case not be successful. There is an obligation for your solicitor to explain all your options to you.
The following questions are important for your first meeting with your injury lawyer
Of course, this process will all be impossible without a solicitor. We can help you with the process of making a personal injury claim by searching for a personal injury solicitor near you. Not sure on who to choose? Read our helpful guide: A Few Tips on How to Choose the Right Personal Injury Solicitor For You.