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No Win No Fee Accident Claims
When making a compensation claim in the UK, most people use the no win no fee scheme. This means that you will not pay any legal fee on any claim you make if your claim is not successful. At JMW, we can assure you that you will pay nothing if your claim is not successful. It places you at no financial risk whatsoever should you choose to pursue your case.
JMW's solicitors are able to deal with a wide range of situations varying from minor injuries including whiplash and sprains right through to injuries of the utmost severity including brain damage and spinal cord injury. We are able to assist the spouse or dependents of anyone who has been killed in an accident and can in certain circumstances deal with accidents arising abroad.
We will never ask our clients for any costs or fees up front. Any fees we do ask you to pay to us are to be paid on conclusion of your case, if your claim is successful. We will explain any fees we ask you to pay us in full, before you choose to instruct us, so that you can be fully aware of the financial implications of your case.
Damages that are awarded to you fall into two main categories :-
1. General damages represent compensation for your pain and suffering as a result of your injury, as well as certain future losses and changes in lifestyle or work enjoyment.
2. Special damages represent compensation for losses than can be calculated exactly and includes past wages losses and general expenses which are usually proved by production of receipts and estimates.
If you are found to be partially at fault for an accident, a claim can still be made on your behalf and in those circumstance the doctrine of ‘contributory negligence' will come into play whereby if for example you were found to be 50% to blame then you will receive 50% of the total compensation that would have been awarded if the accident had been found to be entirely the fault of the other party involved.
Limitation refers to the time limits within which claims must be made if the matter is not to become statute barred thereby depriving the innocent victim of the right to receive damages. UK legislation requires that a claim is either settled or legal proceedings must been issued in a court of law within three years of the accident or the right to claim compensation may be lost forever. There are certain rare exceptions to this rule including minors and those that are considered to lack mental capacity, and the court does have discretion to extend the limits in certain rare circumstances. If there is any doubt on these issues then professional and qualified legal advice should be obtained as soon as possible after the event giving rise to the potential claim.