Finding the Best No Win No Fee Compensation Lawyer
Why go through all the trouble of having to pursue a compensation claim on your own when you can hire the experts - with no up front costs to you.
Whilst it’s true that it is possible to seek damages from the person who has caused your injuries without seeking professional help, like most legal experts, we would strongly advise against this. Apart from the fact that it’s exhausting and time consuming, it is highly likely that you will not achieve the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries, or the loss and damage you have sustained as a result of the accident, without expert legal representation.
When you have the opportunity to engage lawyers who are specialists in personal injury law on a No Win No Fee basis, you really do have "nothing to lose" as they say. This is because under the No Win No Fee service, you are not charged any money for the legal services provided to you during your claim, unless you receive compensation for your injuries. You do not have to pay anything until the very end of your claim when that compensation is paid to you.
For this reason, it is only logical that you hire a lawyer who specialises in personal injury claims and is an expert in all matters involving pursuing injury compensation. But with so many compensation and personal injury lawyers offering their services in Queensland, which of them should you hire?
When looking for a good personal injury lawyer - think experience, experience, experience
When it comes to hiring a good personal injury lawyer to assist you with your claim, always make sure that the person or law firm you choose has extensive experience in handling cases similar to yours. Experience can make a huge difference between getting a mediocre result and a great result, or in some instances, winning or losing your case. It can also help ensure that you get your money’s worth, rather than paying for mistakes or a learning curve.
So how do you make sure that the lawyer you hire is indeed experienced? During the initial consultation, here’s what you should do:
- First, ask the law firm who will be in charge of your claim, or who will be doing your work on a daily basis.
- Speak to that person, not to the most experienced partner or head of the law firm you have chosen.
- Obtain the necessary information by asking the lawyer the right questions. You can start by asking how long they have been working on claims similar to yours, the results of those claims, the challenges they have faced and how they have overcome them.
- After doing a quick background check, it’s time for you to assess the lawyer’s ability to manage your case. The next thing you need to do is determine how they intend to work on your claim. Ask them to explain if there are things or procedures you don’t understand.
- Pay attention to how the lawyer responds to your questions. How did the lawyer sound? Did he or she answer with confidence and competence? Was the lawyer able to give you all the information you need? Finding the answers to these questions will give you an idea as to whether lawyer is indeed someone who is experienced, reliable and trustworthy.
Ideal years of experience
According to experts, a good personal injury lawyer is considered “experienced” if he or she has spent at least five to seven years handling compensation claims and other related matters. This should be enough to ensure that they will be reliable, competent and good at their jobs. It is even better if you find someone who has more years of experience.
Why a No Win No Fee Lawyer, or, more aptly, why not a No Win No Fee Lawyer?
Normally, hiring a lawyer, whether for a personal injury case or to recover the costs of repair to your motor vehicle damaged in an accident, costs money up front. This is usually a primary reason why injury victims, whether from a road accident, workplace accident, or a slip and fall incident, often don't even consider pursuing a compensation claim. They simply think that the legal assistance they will need to pursue such a claim is beyond their financial reach. In some cases, thinking that the services of a good lawyer can add to their current expenses, some people would rather try pursuing compensation claims on their own, which, as mentioned earlier, is a tough road to take and usually does not end with the best result. But with the No Win No Fee service, this is not a concern.
When a lawyer offers his or her services on a no win, no fee basis, it basically means that the client won’t pay the lawyer anything if their claim is unsuccessful. In other words, if you suffer an injury through the fault of another person, there really is nothing to lose in bringing a claim for compensation using a No Win No Fee Lawyer, because if they don’t achieve any compensation for you, you do not have to pay them anything at all.
"There really is nothing to lose..."
More often than not, only the best and most experienced lawyers offer this kind of service, because if they didn't know their business, they wouldn't be able to keep their doors open. So when you engage injury lawyers who provide this service, your odds of succeeding and receiving the amount of compensation you deserve are usually much higher.
Another advantage of hiring such a lawyer is that it can help you better manage your finances when you are having financial difficulties whilst waiting for your claim to settle. No win no fee lawyers don’t ask their clients to pay up front, so you don’t have to scramble for funds if you want to enlist their assistance.
When hiring a no win, no fee lawyer, the following is a piece of advice you should definitely take on board - make sure that you look over their costs or client agreement carefully. There are lawyers who word their costs agreement differently and may not include certain things in their ‘no fee’ clause. If you don’t want to be saddled with unexpected expenses later on, you should read the fine print carefully and thoroughly. If there are clauses in the costs agreement you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek clarification. This is something that a good no win no fee lawyer expects from their client, so don’t think that you’ll be inconveniencing them by asking questions. No doubt they would be doing the same if they were in your shoes. If you are uncertain of what they are telling you, then call us at The Personal Injury Lawyers and we will be able to advise you as to what their Client Agreements are really saying.
Fortunately, The Personal Injury Lawyers, one of the best and foremost personal injury law firms in Queensland, with head offices in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast and visited offices throughout Queensland, offer their services on a no win no fee basis to all injured Queenslanders.
The Personal Injury Lawyers, upfront and transparent
As for how we charge you, we like to be upfront and transparent with all our potential clients as to how they will be charged for work done at the end of their case, when compensation is received. Right from the start, we will provide you with a copy of our standard client agreement as well as our "Disclosure Notice", a further document explaining the client agreement in more detail and in simpler terms, to help you understand the way in which costs are charged at the conclusion of your claim.
It costs nothing to assess a claim
If you have suffered an injury, which you think has been caused by the wrongful or negligent act of another person, chat with us online or on your mobile, email or call us free and we'll be happy to help. Remember, STRICT TIME LIMITS APPLY to personal injury claims, so you need to contact us as soon as possible to ensure that you are not missing out on significant compensation.