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We know that one of your main worries about pursuing a personal injury claim will be ‘how will I pay for it?’ We want to take that worry away so you can be confident of our help whatever your financial situation.
We may enter into a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) with you which means we only receive payment of our fees if the claim is successful. In the event of a 'win', we are entitled to recover a success fee in addition to our standard costs. This success fee is paid in addition to your compensation. You receive 100% of your compensation.
Many people have Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI) as part of their motor or household insurance without being aware of it. These policies can often help people to bring a claim by assisting you with the expenses of paying for a solicitor. We can help you find out whether you have cover and assist you in filling out the necessary forms.
If you are member of a Trade Union you may be entitled to receive funding. We can contact them on your behalf and find out whether they are prepared to help.
You may wish to pursue a claim privately. We can advise you on the costs involved in undertaking an initial investigation so you can be sure you always know how much you will have to pay.
Legal aid is still available for cases involving medical negligence although it is not now available for other personal injury claims. We have a Legal Services Commission franchise in clinical negligence which allows us to act for clients who are eligible for legal aid.
In order to qualify for legal aid you must satisfy a three stage test. The first is the financial means test. Your income and capital must fall below set thresholds to qualify or you must be in receipt of certain benefits such as income support. The second is a merits test. The legal services commission must be satisfied that there are sufficient prospects of success to warrant further investigation. The final test is a cost/ damages ratio test. The value of the likely damages to be awarded must considerably outweigh the likely cost of pursuing a claim.
The strict criteria means that, in reality, only relatively serious injury claims or claims for children are likely to qualify for legal aid funding.
There may be exceptional circumstances where legal aid can be extended for assistance at Inquests. We will discuss this with you further if this applies to you.