As personal injury and litigation specialists there are certain questions that we are asked time and time again.
They are usually about words or phrases that are commonly used but not always clearly understood. We always want all of our clients and potential clients to be completely aware of the processes involved, which is why we have compiled this list of commonly asked questions and provided honest, clear cut answers.
What exactly is no win, no fee?
Legal representation can come with associated costs, which can put some people off making a claim, even if they are in the right. No win, no fee specialists only get paid if the case is settled in your favour. This makes the system a little fairer and means anyone is capable of getting what they fully deserve – and it also means your lawyers work harder to secure your compensation!
Here at Lampkin & Co, we only get paid on the condition of a successful case, something called a ‘conditional fee agreement’. That means we only take cases we think we can win, claiming costs back from the other side and a pre-arranged percentage of the compensation. That means you will never walk away with less than 75% of what you have won.
Are there any time constraints to my claim?
According to English law, you have three years from the date of the accident to register a claim, after which it is too late. Although, in some cases where the long-term extent of the damage only becomes clear later on, this period can be longer. This is why it always pays to come to us as soon as possible after an accident or injury in order to make your accident claim.
What exactly does my claim cover?
This is the big question really as many clients are not exactly sure what they might be entitled too. If you are suffering pain, loss of earnings or expenses as a result of your injury, you may be able to claim for these.
If you have to pay for any kind of medicine or rehabilitation as a result of the incident you can claim for this too. If you have suffered financial loss as a result of the accident then this is also a legitimate claim.
Essentially, if something has happened that was not your fault and resulted in damage to your person, property or earning potential, then you may be entitled to some form of compensation. This may not make up for the suffering and anxiety but it will certainly help you out financially.
How much compensation am I likely to get?
This is decided on a case-by-case basis, depending on several factors – including severity, length of treatment and much more. However, at Lampkin & Co we like to think we can win the maximum compensation in every case we take on. We won’t mislead you and will give you an honest and clear estimate from the outset.
Do I have to go to court?
In most cases you will not, and we know this can be a relief. As we only take on cases that we think are justified, we more often than not settle out of court when we, and you, think the amount of compensation offered is fair. However, on those rare occasions when a court visit is needed, we will explain everything clearly and give you all the support and help that you need.
Will I have to have a medical examination?
In most cases you will need to be seen by an independent doctor who can assess the extent of your injury. This is so that your case can be fairly and clearly presented to the court and both parties.
This is a good thing, however, as it will give you and us a clearer expectation of the level of compensation.
We know that the whole process and legal terminology can be a little confusing and intimidating. That’s why we do our best to be transparent and open from the beginning of the process to the end. We endeavour to explain things in clear language and won’t keep you in the dark. After all, we’re here to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Why go no win, no fee?
Going with this option will give you the clearest and best idea of whether you are entitled to compensation from the start. We don’t take cases we can’t win, so you know from the outset what your expectations are. No win, no fee gives you a voice if you think you deserve to be heard.
The process is also very easy, with you having to do very little and with nothing to pay in fees or costs. All the costs are reclaimed from the other side after the case is settled. So if you feel you are entitled to some form of compensation through a valid personal injury claim, then why not get in touch?