How Does a No Win No Fee Injury Claim Work?

Making a No Win, No Fee claim is a very straightforward process.

When you start a No Win, No Fee injury claim, your solicitor will ask you a few basic questions about the accident or cause of your injury. Your solicitor will then advise whether you have a good chance of making a successful claim.

The first steps

If you decide to pursue a claim, your solicitor will send you a Conditional Fee Agreement for you to read and sign. This document is effectively the 'terms and conditions' of your No Win, No Fee claim.

What happens next?

The solicitor will then start to investigate your claim by:

  • collating further details
  • gathering evidence (e.g. witness statements, CCTV footage)

Once the solicitor has collected the evidence in support of your claim, they will write to the insurance company or lawyer representing the party who caused your injury (the 'defendant').

Your compensation settlement or award

The defendant’s insurer or the lawyer will consider the medical and other evidence and will usually negotiate a settlement out of court.

What happens if I win my No Win, No Fee claim?

If you win your claim, you will be awarded general damages in respect of your injuries and special damages in respect of any financial losses (such as loss of earnings) you have incurred. These damages are usually paid by the defendant's insurance company. The defendant will also be liable for your legal costs.

The solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from the compensation settlement.

What happens if I lose my No Win, No Fee claim?

If your claim is not successful, you will not have to pay any legal fees at all.

Please note, under a No Win, No Fee Agreement (CFA), fees may apply if a claimant refuses to cooperate, or abandons their claim after the legal work has started, or if the claim is fraudulent.

How is personal injury compensation calculated?

General damages are calculated with reference to the Judicial College Guidelines.  These are tables published annually and are relied upon by all parties when negotiating a settlement.

Special damages are calculated by adding up all financial losses, such as loss of earnings or treatments.

Find out how much you could claim with our compensation calculator

Could my claim go to court?

The vast majority of injury claims are settled out of court.

Read full aricle: How often do injury claims go to court and what if they do?

Other types of claim

To read more about other types of personal injury claim, see:

How can Quittance help?

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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