Many PIP implant victims are obviously considering obtaining legal advice in relation to the PIP implants they’ve received. So if they didn’t have enough to worry about already people now have they extra concern that if they do instruct a solicitor they are going to end up paying a fortune in legal fees. This isn’t the case.

If you instruct a solicitor they have to explain the different ways of funding a claim. They have a duty to advise you of which option is in your best interests and the option that is best for the majority of people is “No Win No Fee” the proper name for which is a “Conditional Fee Agreement”.

An important thing to note is that there is no legal aid for personal injury claims. There is legal aid available for some medical negligence claims but where PIP’s are concerned it is arguable whether or not they should be dealt with as medical negligence at all so as I said the most likely way of funding them is “No Win No Fee”.

Now, although lots of firms offer “No Win No Fee” what you actually sign up for and what you will be responsible for is different from firm to firm. This is because the agreement is a contract between you and the firm and depending on what is in that contract will depend on what (if anything) you have to pay.

For example some firms will want you to pay for disbursements upfront (a legal term for expenses such as medical reports, Court fees etc) and some firms will present you with a bill for these disbursements and even some legal fees regardless of the outcome. Solicitors are able to claim something called a “success fee” if they win. This is a payment the government allowed lawyers to claim them when they abolished Personal Injury legal aid to encourage solicitors to work on a No Win No Fee basis. Until 1st April 2013 this success fee was paid by the Defendant claims taken on after this date will have the success fee paid out of the compensation received.  

I’m sure many of you have heard absolute horror stories about No Win No Fee and people being left with massive bills at the end of a claim or the legal fees swallowing up all their damages. I would say that such stories are becoming rarer and rarer but where you do hear them they are in relation to claims management companies and not solicitors. Solicitors are highly regulated whereas the claims management companies are less so. Claims management companies are the ones who make their money selling claims on to solicitors and my advice would be to avoid them. If you want to make sure that you get the best deal instruct a solicitor direct.

So if you are bringing a claim you want to:

  1. Contact a solicitor direct.
  2. Make sure that you are not going to have to pay anything towards legal fees at any time during your claim.
  3. Make sure that you are not going to have to pay anything towards disbursements at any time during your claim.
  4. Make sure that if you lose you won’t have to find the money to pay anything.  

We offer genuine No Win No Fee PIP compensation. In a nutshell this means that if you win you get your compensation. We get paid by the defendant. We pay for all disbursements  and we recover the costs of these from the defendant. If we lose then you won’t get any compensation but we won’t get paid and we won’t bill you for the disbursements. We offer this scheme because we feel that our client’s have enough to worry about already without panicking that they’re going to get a massive legal bill on their door mat.

Hopefully I’ve addressed all your concerns and queries about No Win No Fee. If you any questions at all then email on pips@sleeblackwell.co.uk or phone our free phone helpline on 0808 139 1592.

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