Personal injury claims are often handled by lawyers on a no win no fee basis. This makes it easy for people to register a claim without fear of it costing them money. However the lawyers will tend to expect a reasonable return for the risk of not being able to charge for their time so will expect a substantial portion of any monies obtained through their actions.
What constitutes a personal injury situation?
If you’ve been injured in an accident and that was not your fault you may be due compensation for your injury from those responsible for causing it. A personal injury claim can be started when you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that:
- Has occurred within the last three years
- Has resulted in you suffering financially or physically
- Was caused by another party including an individual a company or a local authority.
No win no Fee approach
No win no fee is an agreement between a person and their solicitor and means that if your case is unsuccessful you will not have to pay any legal fees as this will be at the risk of your solicitor. If your claim proves to be successful then you will be contracted to pay your solicitor a percentage of the compensation that you receive. This should be agreed from the outset.
The legal partners of expatriates.co.uk operate a no win no fee policy on certain situations.
Types of personal injury claims
- Road traffic accidents – If you have suffered in a car accident that was not your fault then you can usually claim for the damages to your car on the responsible persons insurance. This means the cost of repairing or replacing your car is covered by somebody else. However your insurance claim will not cover your lost earnings or the cost of treatment for your injuries or the stress and pain caused by your accident.
- Accidents at work – Your employer is responsible for your safety at work and they are legally required to make your workplace and tasks as safe as possible and provide you with the correct training for any work you do as part of your job role. Suffering an accident at work can be stressful and it may have left you feeling anxious about your job and worried about your finances all of which can make your recovery even more difficult.
- Trips and falls – It is a common misconception that trips and falls generally only result in minor injuries such as cuts or scrapes. However the truth is that falls form a significant portion of all personal injury situations and can result in broken bones, back injuries or head and brain injuries.
Fatal or life-changing injuries affecting UK expats and UK residents
If a family member has suffered an injury that has changed their life or has recently passed away it can be very stressful for the rest of the family. At such times having an understanding lawyer to look after your situation can be very comforting.
If you’ve suffered through any form of medical negligence or if your doctor misdiagnosed you or your diagnosis was delayed and this has caused you to be injured for longer than you should have been you may have a claim. You may also be able to make a personal injury claim for surgical errors dental errors or any negligent behaviour that left you in pain longer than you should have been.
If you have a solicitor he or she will negotiate on your behalf and should do everything they can to get you the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. In doing this they will consider the impact of your injury on you and your family and any expenses you’ve suffered, including:
- The type of injury you’ve suffered
- The severity and lasting effects of your injury
- your salary and loss of earnings
- Your daily expenses
- Medical expenses including any treatment that you have received as well as recommended future treatment
Expatriates.co.uk partner lawyers understand that being injured in an accident or through a criminal action can have a devastating effect on you or your family particularly if you are unable to work because of the injury. They will guide you through the system to assure that you not only receive compensation but also effective medical treatment. If you want to access this service simply complete the enquiry form provided.