No win, no fee, no catch
At Winston Solicitors, we believe that if we win your case, then we have earned our fee. The liable party’s insurers will also pay a part of that legal cost.
However if we lose your case, we don't believe that we have the right to recover our fees from you. We will also cover all of the costs incurred as we pursued your claim, including any medical fees, court fees, barrister’s fees or related expenses. This is called a 'no win, no fee' agreement.
Compensation for accident victims
- Confused about the claims process?
- Believe it will take too long or be too much hassle?
- How serious does the Injury have to be?
- What's the small print?
If we do not win your case then we do not have any right to recover our fees from you. If we do win your case, then as explained above, the insurers will pay part of those legal costs. You then make a payment to us out of your compensation if your claim is successful.
If the insurer admits liability and agrees to deal with your claim, they will also meet part of your legal fees. A deduction will also be made from your damages award to cover the costs of running your claim.
You need professional legal advice to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation due to you. Insurers will attempt to settle your claim at an early stage and often before you have been able to instruct a solicitor. They do this to save legal costs which they otherwise would have to pay and to also secure the lowest settlement award possible.
This depends on the type of claim, but some can conclude within 6 to 9 months. Only a very small proportion will ever make it to court. In the UK, less than 2% of claims actually reach a trial.
In order to prove that you suffered an injury as a result of the accident, you will have to attend a medical examination by an independent doctor in your locality. Following the examination, a report will be prepared. The report is essential as it describes the injury suffered and confirms when or if your recovery is likely to take place. This forms the basis for the award of damages. There is no need to be concerned about the examination; the doctors that we instruct are friendly and sympathetic and most examinations take no more than 20 minutes.