No Win No Fee Personal Injury Claims In The UK
This is a helpful guide on No Win No Fee personal injury claims in the UK. The term No Win No Fee describes different types of contracts that a solicitor could offer when representing your case. One of these contracts is known as a Conditional Fee Agreement which can allow you to access your solicitor’s services without paying an upfront or ongoing fee. We will explore the way this type of agreement works later on in our guide and the ways in which a solicitor could help you seek compensation. Additionally, we will explore the different types of accidents for which a personal injury claim could be made as well as the criteria that need to be met in order to be eligible to do so.
As you move through our guide, you will find information on the steps you can take to prove a personal injury claim, including gathering evidence to build your case.
Furthermore, this guide will explore the settlement you could be awarded following a successful claim and the factors that may be considered when calculating how much you’re owed.
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team. They can offer free advice and guidance pertaining to your potential claim. To reach them, you can:
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In order to have valid grounds to pursue a personal injury claim, there are certain criteria you must be able to satisfy:
- Firstly, you need to prove you were owed a duty of care by a third party.
- Secondly, there needs to have been a breach of this duty.
- Thirdly, you need to demonstrate that the breach resulted in you sustaining injuries, either physical, psychological, or both.
These three points define negligence. In addition to proving negligence occurred, you should ensure that you begin your claim within the time limit set out in the Limitation Act 1980. Generally, you have three years from the accident date to begin legal proceedings. However, exceptions can be made.
To learn more about when you could be eligible to seek personal injury compensation and how long you have to do so, please get in touch using the number at the top of the page.
There are several third parties that owe a duty of care including employers, road users, and occupiers. If there is a breach of this duty leading to an accident at work, on the road, or in public and this caused you harm, you could make a personal injury claim. A No Win No Fee solicitor could represent personal injury claims for different types of accidents, provided the eligibility criteria laid out above have been met.
The following sections will explore the responsibilities different third parties have with regard to your health and safety in more detail as well as how a breach could result in you sustaining harm in an accident.
Accidents At Work
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 sets out the duty of care employers owe their employees. It states they are responsible for taking steps considered both reasonable and practicable in order to prevent injury to employees in the workplace as well as while they are performing their work-related tasks.
Examples of how an accident at work could occur if this duty is not upheld, include:
- An employer fails to provide necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to an employee, such as goggles when they are working with hazardous substances. As a result, the employee sustains an eye injury at work.
- An employee may have slipped on a wet floor that wasn’t adequately signposted causing them to sustain a head injury.
- Due to a faulty handrail that an employer failed to address after being made aware of the issue, an employee sustains a back injury after falling down the stairs at work.
Road Traffic Accidents
The Road Traffic Act 1988 sets out the duty of care road users owe one another. They are responsible for navigating the roads in a way that prevents themselves and others from becoming injured. Additionally, the Highway Code provides guidance on the different types of responsibilities each road user has, as well as rules that are backed elsewhere in law.
Examples of how a road traffic accident could occur leading to a road user becoming harmed include:
- A driver may navigate their vehicle in the wrong direction down a one-way street causing a head-on car accident. As a result, both drivers sustain multiple injuries to the neck and back.
- A car crash on the motorway could occur if a lorry driver fails to check their mirrors before overtaking, causing them to crash into the side of a car. As a result, the car driver may sustain a severe head injury and traumatic arm amputation.
Accidents In A Public Place
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 sets out the duty of care those in control of a public space owe to members of the public. They must take steps to ensure the reasonable safety of those visiting the space for its intended purpose.
A failure to do so could lead to the following accidents in a public place:
- A slip, trip, and fall accident could occur in a supermarket if trip hazards are not cleared away or signposted. This could lead to a member of the public sustaining an elbow injury or shoulder injury after falling over.
- Accidents in a public garden could occur if a faulty paving stone has not been fixed in a timely manner. This could lead to someone tripping over and breaking their arm.
To discuss your specific case and find out more about different types of No Win No Fee personal injury claims in the UK, please get in touch using the number above.
Evidence can help to establish whether third-party negligence caused your injuries. In addition, it can show the extent of your injuries and highlight the impact they may have had on your physical and mental health as well as your finances. Examples of the evidence you could gather include:
- CCTV footage of the accident.
- Road accidents caught on a dashcam or similar devices.
- A diary of your treatment and recovery.
- Medical records, such as scans and doctor notes.
- Contact details of witnesses who can make a statement at a later date.
- Documentation showing any financial losses, such as receipts and payslips.
If you need help collecting evidence and building your case, you may benefit from working with a solicitor from our panel. They have experience handling personal injury claims on a No Win No Fee basis and could help you seek compensation. You can speak to an advisor for free today to find out more; they may connect you to a solicitor, provided your claim is legitimate.
Following a successful claim, you may receive compensation from up to two heads of claim. The primary head of claim, general damages, compensates for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
When valuing this head of claim, solicitors can refer to the Judicial College Guidelines to help them. This document contains guideline award brackets, some of which we have included in the table below. You can use these figures as a guide but they are not necessarily reflective of what you will receive following a successful claim. This is because the unique circumstances of your case will influence your settlement.
Injury Severity Level Notes Value
Back Injuries Severe (i) Damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots which result in very serious consequences. For example, severe pain and disability with a combination of incomplete paralysis and significantly impaired bladder, bowel, and sexual function. £91,090 to £160,980
Neck Injuries Severe (i) A neck injury associated with
incomplete paraplegia or spastic quadriparesis which is permanent in nature.
In the region of £148,330
Arm Amputation Loss Of Both Arms The person is reduced to a state of considerable helplessness. £240,790 to £300,000
Leg Injuries Severe (ii) Very serious injuries that result in permanent problems with mobility or the need for crutches or mobility aids for the remainder of person's life. £54,830 to £87,890
Arm Injuries Permanent Disability of a Substantial Nature One or both forearms sustains a serious fracture causing residual disability, either functional or cosmetic, which is permanent and significant in nature. £39,170 to £59,860
Shoulder Injuries Severe A significant disability from brachial plexus damage. £19,200 to £48,030
Wrist Injuries Permanent Disability Some useful movement remains despite a permanent and significant disability. £24,500 to £39,170
Ankle Injuries Moderate Fractures, ligamentous tears and other similar injuries that give rise to less serious disability. £13,740 to £26,590
Knee Injuries Moderate (i) Dislocation, torn cartilage and meniscus resulting in minor instability, weakness and other issues. £14,840 to £26,190
Elbow Injuries Moderate Or Minor Injuries such as simple fractures and lacerations that don't cause any permanent damage or function impairment. Up to £12,590
How Are Special Damages Estimated?
The other head of claim is special damages. Special damages compensate for any past or future financial loss caused by your injuries. For example, you could claim back the cost of:
- Medical care
- Loss of income
- Domestic care
- Home adaptations
As mentioned, you need to provide evidence of these losses. You can do so via receipts, payslips, or invoices.
For more information on the personal injury compensation you could receive after successfully claiming, please get in touch on the number above.
The personal injury solicitors from our panel are experienced in handling claims for workplace accidents, public place accidents, and road traffic accidents. Additionally, they can offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis. As such, they offer a contract known as a Conditional Fee Agreement which means you won’t pay for the work they have completed on your case if it does not win.
In the event of a successful claim, a solicitor will deduct a minor success fee from your compensation. However, the success fee is capped by the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013, meaning you cannot be overcharged.
Our advisors are friendly and helpful and can assist you if you have any questions pertaining to your potential claim. Additionally, if they find you have valid grounds to seek compensation, they could connect you with a solicitor from our panel. To get in touch, you can:
Browse some of our other guides:
- A guide on bruised ribs injury claims.
- Information on claiming for a broken leg at work.
- Guidance on vulnerable road user accident claims.
Alternatively, you can read the following resources:
- NHS – Find out how to get your medical records.
- GOV.UK – Learn how to request CCTV footage of yourself.
- Health and Safety Executive – Find out about filling in the accident book at work.
Thank you for reading this guide on No Win No Fee personal injury claims in the UK. If you have any other questions, please get in touch via the contact details provided above.
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