If you’ve had an accident in Melbourne that wasn’t your fault and are looking to claim compensation, the most important thing is choosing the right lawyer.
You’re probably thinking, ‘aren’t personal injury lawyers the same?’
The short answer is no. Although all solicitors must be qualified to practice, the level of skill and experience varies drastically.
Some may also offer their services on a no win no fee basis while others do not.
What Is No Win No Fee?
To put it simply, it’s an arrangement you make with a lawyer that means if for any reason your claim is not successful, you won’t be left paying any hefty legal fees.
If your claim is successful, the already agreed upon legal fees will be taken from the settlement you are awarded.
Why Do Lawyers Offer such guarantees?
Hiring a lawyer can be very expensive, not everyone has access to that sort of money.
Cost agreements were introduced to give everyone access to legal representation and a fair chance at claiming the compensation they deserve after suffering a no-fault injury.
It Benefits You Both
When you chose a lawyer, if your case is not successful, the law firm will have to foot the legal costs incurred during your case.
Because of this, you can be sure that your personal injury lawyer will fight their utmost hardest to ensure that your claim is successful.
If you lose, they lose.
Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible for such agreements a law firm generally must be satisfied that:
- A claim has legal merit
- Without the arrangement, you wouldn’t be able to take legal action
- You have been made aware of the costs
Even if you have the money available to pay the legal fees for your claim, you are still entitled to process your claim using an agreement.
What Kind of Claims Are Eligible?
Most law firms offer their services on a no win no fee basis regardless of what type of compensation claim you need to make.
Some of the most common personal injury claims are:
- Motor vehicle accidents (Including whiplash)
- Work accidents
- Public liability claims
* Medical negligence
Whether you’ve been a wrongly diagnosed or been involved in a car accident, you should be eligible for no win no fee.
Why Is It So Important?
Most no win no fee lawyers will tell you straight away whether or not they think you have a successful claim because if your case is not won, they won’t be paid for the time and effort they have put in.
However, if you the law firm you choose doesn’t offer a guarantee, the costs are down to you to pay.
Depending on how long your claim has been going on, these could be quite high,
Choosing a lawyer that offers a guarantee will protect you from the start of being left out of pocket if your case is not successful.
If a lawyer has taken on your case, it is because they are confident that your case will be won. After all, if it’s not, they will not be paid for their time.
Most law firms offer cost agreements, but not all of them.
Make sure you do your homework and research any prospective candidates thoroughly along with the services they offer before starting your personal injury claim. This will give you the best chance of receiving the maximum compensation you deserve, and you won’t be left with any nasty surprises in terms of legal fees.