Hoddesdon Personal Injury Solicitors – No Win No Fee Claims
By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 17th September 2021. Welcome to our Hoddesdon personal injury solicitors guide. Anyone 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 and any financial losses incurred because of the accident and subsequent injuries.
This guide explains how a personal injury solicitor can help make a claim, the time limits involved in claiming and how No Win No Fee works.
How our specialist team could help you to make a claim
Here at Legal Expert, our panel of specialist injury solicitors has many years of experience offering clients advice about the chances of success in their compensation claim. There is considerable legislation and regulation to protect people making a No Win No Fee claim. Our personal injury lawyers are expertly trained to ensure clients get the best outcome for their cases.
Most injury claims must be filed within three years following an accident except when 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, please get in touch, and we’ll help you 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 demonstrate all of the above points to make a claim successfully. It is advisable to begin your compensation claim as soon as possible to ensure your solicitor has the time to collect and collate as much supporting evidence as possible. So our personal injury solicitors for Hoddesdon can help you to initiate legal proceedings whenever you’re ready.
Is having the best solicitor important to my claim?
Even though solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), they operate at different service levels. Therefore, you must choose the right solicitor because whoever you choose will be working with you for many months (or even years in severe cases). You need to choose one that you can get on with personally and who’ll achieve the best outcome for you and aid your future recovery. When researching which solicitor to select, it is worth looking for comments about any particular solicitor’s friendliness, professionalism, and promptness.
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, professionalism, and 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 on being able to make a claim. Personal injury solicitors can be based anywhere in the UK and still claim on your behalf.
All of the contact you’ll have with Legal Expert will be over the phone or email, so we do not have to be based locally. What is important is that we offer an efficient, professional and dedicated service that aims to get you the compensation that your injury deserves.
Our main offices are not based in Hoddesdon, but we will ensure that it will be at a doctor’s surgery local to you if you need a medical assessment.
Personal injury claims which we help people to make
Hoddesdon personal injury solicitors can help with any type of 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 to determine the likelihood of making a successful compensation claim. The table below shows potential compensation amounts for your personal injury claim.
|Brain injury||Very severe||£282,010 to £403,990||The award bracket is given as an estimate for victims who have suffered severe brain damage and are unresponsive. In what is referred to as a vegetable state.|
|Brain injury||Moderately severe||£219,070 to £282,010||Losing feelings in limbs, mental disability, and or change in impersonality.|
|Brain injury||Less severe||£15,320 to £43,060||Head injuries that have not caused significant brain damage but still there maybe lasting effects.|
|Eye Injury||Total blindness||In the region of £268,720||Total blindness|
|Eye Injury||Loss of sight in one eye||£49,270 to £54,830||This amount of compensation is awarded with loss of sight in a single eye or very restricted vision in one eye.|
|Eye Injury||Minor||£3,950 to £8,730||Problems with vision, pain in the eye or temporary vision loss in an eye.|
|Arm Injury||Loss of both arms||£240,790 to £300,000||Amputation of both full arms will receive the maximum award here. This compensation range also covers the amputation of one arm, or whether the amputation is to be the full or part of the arm. The restrictions this will have in the future are also taken into consideration.|
|Arm Injury||Permanent and substantial disablement||£39,170 to £59,860||If there is major restriction and disability in one or both arms and causes great pain and suffering.|
|Arm Injury||Less severe||£19,200 to £39,170||This amount is set at this criteria for those who have suffered restriction in movement and/or disability on the arms but will recover.|
|Leg Injury||Loss of both legs||£240,790 to £282,010||Amputation of both or one leg will warrant this amount of compensation to be awarded. It will also be taken in to consideration if the leg is amputated above or below the knee.|
|Leg Injury||Less serious||Up to £27,760||Fracture, brake or soft tissue damage to the leg that has affected the muscle causing great pain and discomfort.|
|Neck Injury||Severe||Up to £148,330||Neck injuries can be very severe causing problems with movement in different areas of the body. An injury to the neck can cause pain in this area for a lengthy time.|
|Neck Injury||Moderate||Up to £38,490||Fractures to the neck, painful when moving, stiffness inability to use full movement of the neck will warrant this type of compensation.|
|Neck Injury||Minor||Up to £7,890||These amounts of compensation are roughly the brackets for whiplash depending on how long it lasts, how painful it is and the long term prognosis.|
|Hand Injury||Loss of both hands||£140,660 to £201,490||This amount of compensation will cover, both hands or one hand amputation or if the hand becomes completely useless.|
|Hand Injury||Serious||£29,000 to £61,910||Likely to have seen a reduction in capacity by 50 per cent. Several fingers may have been amputated and re-joined, leaving a clawed or unsightly hand.|
|Elbow Injury||Severely disabling||£39,170 to £54,830||Complete restriction in movement of the elbow that has resulted in a disability or that has required surgery.|
|Elbow Injury||Moderate or minor||Up to £12,590||Restriction in the movement of the arm due to injury of the elbow.|
|Wrist Injury||Severe||£47,620 to £59,860||No wrist function at all.|
|Back Injury||Severe||£38,780 to £69,730||Severe back injuries to the upper or lower part of the back, maybe causing paralysis or any issues relating to the organs within the lower part of the body.|
|Back Injury||Minor||Up to £12,510||Soft tissue, slipped disc, muscle pain would gain this amount of compensation.|
|Back Injury||Moderate||£12,510 to £27,760||This amount of compensation may cover ligament or soft tissue to the back, constant pain and /or discomfort.|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)||Severe||£59,860 to £100,670||Debilitating symptoms, impacting work life, social life, and relationships with family and friends. Prognosis for recovery is likely to be poor, with symptoms having some permanency.|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)||Less severe||£3,950 to £8,180||Minor symptoms that resolve in full within a short space of time.|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Very severe||£29,780 to £97,330||Scarring and facial disfigurement could warrant this amount of compensation. The severity will determine how much.|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Less severe||£17,960 to £48,420||These
compensation estimates cover brakes and fractures to the facial area such as the nose.
|Face Injury - Scarring||Less significant||£3,950 to £13,740||Compensation amounts for scarring. Please note women tend to receive larger payouts for scarring than men.|
|Knee Injury||Severe||£26,190 to £43,460||Disability due to injury to the knee, severe damage to muscle, soft tissue and also muscle wastage.
|Knee Injury||Moderate||Up to £26,190||Injury to the knee that is painful but will recover within time so the knee has a full normal working function.|
|Shoulder Injury||Serious||£12,770 to £19,200||Restriction in movement, limb numbness or paralysis due to injury in the shoulder and neck.|
|Shoulder Injury||Moderate||£7,890 to £12,770||Tissue damage to neck that may last for quite a while which restricts movement in the arm and elbow.|
|Shoulder Injury||Minor||Up to £7,890||Soft tissue damage that will recover within the year or just over, that causes moderate pain.|
Some of the more common accidents that personal injury solicitors deal with include:
Industrial disease claims
Several industrial disease claims are common, and some don’t get diagnosed until many years after they were 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 complex 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 and medical treatments.
If you believe you are a victim of medical negligence or malpractice, 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 your accident include lack of training, poorly maintained equipment, no risk assessments, or inefficient health and safety procedures and policies. Please find out more by contacting our personal injury solicitors for Hoddesdon today, or you can claim online.
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|
Fall, 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 can make a personal injury claim if somebody else is 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, making 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 injuries 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 that was somebody else’s fault, then you could claim their insurance policy for the pain and suffering caused. This can be a driver, passenger, pedestrian or cyclist so long as another driver caused the accident. 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 covering Hoddesdon 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 the accident, the injuries and how somebody else caused the accident.
- If the solicitor believes that the case has a good chance of success, they will prepare a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) that 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 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 begin court proceedings (which, in our experience, is very rare as most cases settle out of court).
- Once an amount has been agreed, 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. Speak to us today about how to claim.
What do I need to pay and when?
There will be a statement in the CFA that says you only have to pay the success fee if you 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, 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 client’s very low risk associated with them.
How can I start a claim?
Legal Expert can help you today if you’re ready to begin your claim or if you 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 Legal Expert’s No Win No Fee service, we hope you’re ready to begin your compensation claim with us. If so, you can contact personal injury solicitors for Hoddesdon 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 callback, and we’ll contact you at a suitable time
Whichever method you choose, our team will 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 more detailed guide on how no win no fee, or conditional fee agreements, work.
Slip And Trip Claims – Our guide regarding slips, trips and fall claims including estimates of how much compensation you may receive.
Other Useful Guides
- Hereford Personal Injury Solicitors
- Hillingdon Personal Injury Solicitors
- Arm Injury Claims
- Hounslow Personal Injury Solicitors
- Huddersfield Personal Injury Solicitors
- Inverness Personal Injury Solicitors
- Ipswich Personal Injury Solicitors
- Isle of Wight Personal Injury Solicitors
- Islington Personal Injury Solicitors
- Jarrow Personal Injury Solicitors
- Can I Make A Claim For An Ankle Injury?
Hoddesdon Personal Injury Solicitors FAQs
What is a No Win No Fee agreement?
This is a policy that prevents the claimant from overspending on a personal injury claim.
How does it work?
So, the claimant only pays their personal injury solicitor’s legal costs if their case wins.
What happens at that stage?
The client would pay a success fee to their solicitor as a reward for their work.
How much is the success fee?
This can vary depending on the compensation settlement, though it has a legal cap to avoid excessive costs.
And how high is the legal cap?
Currently, the legal cap stands at 25% of whatever the final settlement is.
Are there exceptions?
The claimant can agree upon a suitable figure to pay their solicitor regardless of the amount of compensation.
So, what if the case doesn’t win?
In that scenario, the claimant doesn’t have to pay anything to their solicitor because the case was unsuccessful.
And when does the claimant have to pay their solicitor?
This comes after the case ends, so there aren’t any surprise charges before or during the claims process.
Thank you for reading our Hoddesdon personal injury solicitors guide.