Most personal injury lawyers work on a no win, no fee basis. Essentially, this means that your lawyer will not charge you their full fees unless they win your case. This practice began as a way to motivate the injured party to seek help in resolving their case, regardless of their financial status.
High legal fees are a huge deterrent for many people, and it prevents deserving parties from seeking the financial help they’re entitled to. Thankfully, the introduction of the no win, no fee practice made it possible for anyone who has been injured to seek the appropriate financial and legal compensation.
The no win, no fee contract
Your personal injury lawyer will determine the exact terms of your no win, no fee contract ahead of time. They will clarify every aspect of the contract so there is no confusion or misunderstanding for either of you. It is important for you to ask any questions you may have at this point, even if they seem silly or obvious.
Each personal injury lawyer has their own policies when it comes to no win, no fee work. Most personal injury lawyers will not take your case unless they are confident that you’ll win, so it’s important you save as much evidence as you can before the case starts, so that you can make a stronger argument should the case go to court.
A select minority of personal injury lawyers do not work on a no win, no fee basis. Be sure to clarify this before you meet with the lawyer in person to avoid wasting time. Personal injury lawyers also have their own fees depending on their level of experience, as well as the amount of work required for your individual case. Generally, this amount will range from 15 to 40 percent of your overall settlement amount, depending on a number of factors, but most importantly the length and difficulty of your case. Also, you may be able to recover some of your legal costs from the insurer involved in your claim. Your lawyer can give you advice about that.
No win, no fee cases will stipulate that you do not owe any legal fees if your lawyer loses the case. However, you may still owe other fees related to the case, including court fees, insurance fees, medical and police paperwork processing charges, and witness fees. This will be stipulated in your initial no win, no fee contract, and can be negotiated to accommodate to your budget. Make sure to clarify this before the case starts to avoid any confusion.