Hoddesdon Personal Injury Solicitors – No Win No Fee Claims
Anybody who’s injured in an accident in Hoddesdon, which was caused by somebody else, can make a personal injury claim for compensation against the other person or company involved. Claims can be made to compensate for pain and suffering as well as any financial losses incurred because of the accident and subsequent injuries.
This guide explains how a personal injury solicitor can help to make a claim, the time limits involved in claiming and how no win no fee really works.
How our specialist team could help you to make a claim
Here at Legal Expert, our panel of specialist injury solicitors have many years of experience of offering advice to clients about the chances of success in their compensation claim. There is considerable legislation and regulation in place to protect people making a claim and our personal injury lawyers are expertly trained to ensure clients get the best outcome for their case.
Most injury claims must be filed within three years following an accident except in cases where the injury is not diagnosed. The three-year time limit then starts from when the doctor diagnoses your injury or illness. If you’re unsure when your 3-year time limit begins then please get in touch and we’ll help you to determine the exact date.
I have had an accident or injury, am I eligible to claim compensation?
Winning a Hoddesdon personal injury claim will only happen if your solicitor can prove that:
- The defendant (the person you are claiming against) owed you a duty of care i.e. an employer owes staff a duty of care or a restaurant would owe its customers a duty of care.
- That the defendant breached their duty of care.
- And that, because of the breach, you were injured or became ill.
Personal injury solicitors need to be able to demonstrate all of the above points to make the claim successfully. It is advisable to begin your claim as soon as possible to ensure your solicitor has the time to collect and collate as much supporting evidence as possible.
Is having the best solicitor important to my claim?
Even though solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), they all operate different service levels. It is therefore essential that you choose the right solicitor because whoever you choose is going to be working with you for many months (or even years in severe cases) and you need to choose one that you can get on with personally and also who’ll achieve the best outcome for you and to aid your future recovery. When researching which solicitor to select it is worth looking for comments about the friendliness, professionalism and promptness of any particular solicitor.
Personal injury solicitor reviews for claims services and solicitors covering the Hoddesdon area and other parts of the UK.
When choosing a solicitor, you might think the first step would be to phone one and discuss your case directly with them, but we’d recommend you check online reviews for the solicitor. Checking recent comments about the success levels, the professionalism and also which individual solicitors within a firm people have positive comments about.
Another thing to consider is the success fee that a solicitor will charge as part of the conditional fee agreement (the formal name for no win no fee agreements). It is surprising to many clients that the range of success fees between different solicitors can be so large.
Our main offices are not in Hoddesdon, but we can still help you make a claim
It does not matter where a solicitor is based to be able to make a claim. personal injury solicitors can be based anywhere in the UK and still make a claim on your behalf.
All of the contact you’ll have with Legal Expert will be over the phone or email so it’s not important that we’re not based local but what is important is that we offer an efficient, professional and dedicated service which aims to get you the compensation that your injury actually deserves.
Our main offices are not based in Hoddesdon, but we will ensure that if you need a medical assessment that it will be at a doctor’s surgery local to you.
Personal injury claims which we help people to make
We can help with any type of personal injury, straightforward or complex, so long as somebody else is to blame for the accident. Even if your injury is not listed in this guide, we can still help you, so we’d recommend you get in touch and let one of our experts know the details of your case, so we can determine the likelihood of making a successful claim.
Some of the more common accidents that personal injury solicitors deal with include:
Industrial disease claims
There are a number of industrial disease claims that are common and some of them don’t get diagnosed until many years after they were actually caused. We can help with injuries and diseases such as:
- Vibration white finger
- Acoustic shock
- Occupational asthma
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
We can help with claims against employers for any of these diseases, and others, if you believe the employer could’ve done something to prevent them.
Clinical malpractice claims
Any claim for medical negligence can be a complex one as it can cause serious problems for the claimant and require further treatment to put things right. Any negligence that has occurred while receiving treatment at a doctor’s surgery, dental practice, hospital or medical centre can be claimed for and can also include negligence while receiving cosmetic surgery as well as medical treatments.
If you believe you are a victim of medical negligence or malpractice, then you may be able to make a personal injury claim.
Accident at work claims
The health and safety at work act means that employers have a duty of care to protect their staff from injury and illness while undertaking their work. This means that personal injury solicitors can make a personal injury claim if you have had an accident at work that could’ve been avoided. Reasons that the employer may be liable for you accident can include: lack of training, poorly maintained equipment, no risk assessments or inefficient health and safety procedures and policies.
Hoddesdon / Broxbourne area reported work accidents and incidents leading to injury
The table below shows all of the accidents reported at work under RIDAGGR regulations in the Broxbourne area (which includes Hoddesdon):
|Accidents report at work in the Broxbourne local authority area||2011/12||2012/13||2013/14|
|Injuries caused by machinery||7||5||8|
|Harmful substance exposure||4||0||1|
|Falling from heights||18||10||3|
|Animal-related injuries, such as dog bites||1||0||1|
|Manual lifting related injuries||45||31||19|
|Slip, trip or fall accidents||39||26||26|
|Struck against an object||6||8||10|
|Hit by a moving vehicle||10||4||4|
|Hit by a falling object||20||14||13|
Falls, trip, and slip claims
A slip, trip or fall can cause very simple injuries that are quick and easy to resolve but, in some cases, can lead to very severe and life-changing injuries which require multiple operations to try and rectify and repair the damage. personal injury solicitors are able to make a personal injury claim if somebody else was to blame for a fall. Examples include: Uneven paving, kerbs or potholes; slippery floors with no warning signs; damaged handrails on stairs; and poor lighting which made a trip hazard hard to see.
Severe and serious injury claims
Some injuries are deemed to be more serious than others because of the severe impact on the body and the future lifestyle of the claimant. Life-changing injuries like amputations, brain damage and spinal damage can often mean a very complex injury claim needs to be compiled using multiple medical experts to prove the severity and impact of the injuries. Our guide to serious injuries can be found here which gives more details about the types of injury that are deemed serious and the amounts of compensation such injuries can be awarded.
Hoddesdon road traffic accident solicitors
If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident which was somebody else’s fault, then you could make a claim against their insurance policy for the pain and suffering caused. This can be as a driver, passenger, pedestrian or cyclist so long as the accident was caused by another driver. Even if the other driver is not insured, we can still help with road traffic accident claims.
Numbers of road traffic accident casualties in Hertfordshire
The table below details all of the road traffic fatalities and serious injuries reported under road traffic regulations in the Hertfordshire area include Hoddesdon:
No win no fee personal injury claims in Hoddesdon and Broxbourne
No win no fee cases are put together by personal injury solicitors in the same way as one where a client is paying for the legal fees. There is a lot of work involved in a no win no fee claim including:
- An initial free consultation where the solicitor listens to the claimant’s version of events about the accident, the injuries and how somebody else caused the accident.
- If the solicitor believes that the case has a good chance of success, then they will prepare a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) which explains their terms and what percentage of any compensation will be charged as a success fee.
- The next stage is to verify that all of the claims are sound and that the defendant could be deemed liable, checking at the same time that there are no legal loopholes that could prevent the case from being won. Legal experts and medical experts may be consulted at this point.
- When the solicitor is confident that they have all of the information they will formulate a request for compensation and send it to the defendant explaining why you should be compensated and for how much.
- Upon receiving a response from the defendant, or their solicitors, your legal team will discuss your options with you which can be to accept any offer (if one has been made), counter the offer, reject the offer or to begin court proceedings (which, in our experience, is very rare as most cases settle out of court).
- Once an amount has been agreed then the final step of the solicitor’s work is to send payment to the client, after deducting their success fee that was agreed in the CFA.
Most personal injury solicitors work in this way, regardless of the complexity of the case. The time the process takes will depend on the severity of the claim and the amount of external input required when gathering supporting evidence.
What do I need to pay and when?
In the CFA there will be a statement that says you only have to pay the success fee if you actually receive compensation which is the crux of no win no fee agreements. You only pay if you win – but if your claim is unsuccessful you don’t have to pay your solicitor anything at all. Their service is only chargeable if they win the case and, if they don’t then you don’t have to cover any of their time or expenses.
No win no fee is the most popular method of making personal injury claims because of the very low risk associated with them for the client.
How can I start a claim?
Legal Expert can help you today if you’re ready to begin your claim or if you just want more information. You can only make the right decision when you receive the correct information which our expert team can provide. By all means get more information from the useful guides we’ve linked to in this guide but please pick up the phone and call us to get any further information you need.
How to speak to our team
Now that you’ve read our guide on how personal injury solicitors can help you and the Legal Expert no win no fee service, we hope you’re ready to begin your claim with us. If so, you can contact us in any of the following ways:
- Telephone: Call one of our specialists on 0800 073 8804
- Live Chat: Our advisors are available from any page on the website
- Online Claim: Fill in this easy form, it’ll take about 10 minutes
- Call Back: Request a call back and we’ll contact you at a suitable time
Whichever method you choose our team will be able to begin your claim straight away and arrange your free initial consultation to gather all of the information about your accident from you.
Helpful contact information for services in Hoddesdon
If you’ve been involved in an accident in Hoddesdon then here are some other organisations that you may need to make contact with:
Cheshunt Police Station
St Albans Crown Court
The Court Building
Tel: 01582 522000
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Tel: 01279 444 455
If you require any further information, then you may find these additional guides useful:
No Win No Fee Claims – a much more detailed guide on how no win no fee, or conditional fee agreements, work.
Slip And Trip Claims – Our guide regarding slip, trips and fall claims including estimates how much compensation you may receive.