How does no win, no fee work for medical negligence claims?
We specialise in no win, no fee for medical negligence claims nationwide. To find out if you can make your medical negligence claim on a no win, no fee basis call our free helpline on 0808 139 1606 or send an email to us at [email protected]
What is a no win, no fee?
No win, no fee is a funding arrangement made between you and your solicitor to cover the legal costs of making a compensation claim.
The terms of the no win, no fee arrangement are set out in an agreement, known as a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA. Schemes vary, but the basic principle is that you only have to pay your solicitor’s fees if you win your case.
Can I get no win, no fee for a medical negligence claim?
Yes, medical negligence claims can be funded on a no win, no fee basis through use of a CFA.
The no win, no fee schemes offered by solicitors do not all work in exactly the same way. Different firms offer different arrangements, so it is important to establish the details before you decide to proceed. It is particularly important to check if they offer insurance and how much you will have to pay if you win your case. You should also ask whether you could be held responsible for any of your opponent’s legal costs if you lose.
How does the Slee Blackwell no win, no fee scheme work for medical negligence?
Under the Slee Blackwell’s medical negligence no win, no fee scheme you do not have to pay anything upfront. The legal costs only have to be paid if you win and recover compensation. In successful cases we are usually able to recover most of the legal costs in addition to the compensation.
We do not charge you anything if your claim is unsuccessful.
No win, no fee insurance
In most cases we suggest that you take out insurance to cover any expenses of the case, such as court fees or medical experts’ fees. This insurance also covers your opponent’s costs in circumstances where you could become legally responsible for paying them.
The insurance premium does not have to be paid by you upfront and is only payable if you win your case.
We have an arrangement with one of the country’s leading legal expenses insurers which allows us to offer cover to our clients making a medical negligence claim.
Not all solicitors are able to offer insurance, so it is important to check this with your lawyer.
What is the success fee?
Lawyers receive a success fee if they win your case and you are awarded compensation. This is to reward them for working on a no win, no fee basis and taking the risk of not getting paid for the work they have done.
The success fee is capped at a maximum of 25% of the compensation recovered for ‘general damages’ (the compensation you receive for your pain and suffering and injuries sustained) and past financial losses (which may include loss of earnings, expenses for private therapy/medical treatment and travel costs). The compensation for future financial losses does not form part of that calculation.
How much do I have to pay if my medical negligence claim is successful?
If your medical negligence claim is successful, your opponent will pay most of your legal costs. The legal costs which your opponent does not have to pay are the success fee, the cost of the insurance and a proportion of your legal costs.
However, our medical negligence no win, no fee scheme guarantees that you will receive at least 75% of your compensation. You may receive more than this, but it will never be less.
How much do I have to pay if I lose my medical negligence claim?
If your claim is unsuccessful, you do have to pay us for the time we have spent dealing with your case, except in cases of dishonesty or fraud.
Additionally, under our no win, no fee for medical negligence scheme you do not have to pay any expenses that need to be incurred, such as court fees or medical experts’ fees, as these will be covered by the insurance.
For more information about no win, no fee for medical negligence claims call our free legal helpline on 0808 139 1606 or send an email to [email protected]