Understand how no win, no fee works and how your compensation payout will be paid to you
Legal fees can be expensive, putting many people off claiming the compensation they’re entitled to. With no guarantee of successfully winning your compensation claim and some hefty solicitor fees charged throughout the process, it’s not surprising why so many are hesitant to make a claim against their dentist.
No win, no fee is the solution to this, offering a way for those who can’t afford a solicitor up front to progress a legal claim without the financial risk, while also often being far cheaper in the long run, due to having to pay only a percentage of the money claimed to the solicitor.
How does no win, no fee work?
No win, no fee means that you can get the legal help you need, without the financial risk should your claim not go through. The no win, no fee service still offers you the same legal service you’d receive from a prepaid solicitor, just without the worry of how to make payments if your claim is unsuccessful.
The no win, no fee payment is usually around 25% of the final settlement and is agreed beforehand. However, it’s only paid if your case has been won, taking the risk of a failed claim off of your shoulders and making it the responsibility of the solicitor.
While this means you’re receiving slightly less (often around 75% of the total amount), it also negates any financial risk should your case not be won, as the risk is shouldered by the solicitor.
For example, at Dental Law Claims, we always agree on the fee before we get started. Usually, we’d ask for up to 25% of the total payout, but we’re always happy to discuss and negotiate this beforehand, based on the unique circumstances of your case.
What happens when I contact a solicitor?
No win, no fee solicitors won’t take a case they don’t think they can win. This means that if we think we can help you claim your compensation, we will. If we think there is an extremely slim chance of you being successful or none at all, we’ll suggest a different course of action to help you instead.
We’ll discuss your claim, help you understand the chances of your claim succeeding, and agree on a fee for our services upon you winning the case. This agreement is known as a Conditional Fee Arrangement, or CFA, which outlines our agreement.
What happens when I win my claim?
When your claim is won, the main costs will be covered by the insurance company of the defending party. We’ll split the money based on our pre-agreed amount (25% or less), and ensure you get the rest of the amount you were awarded.
Are there any funding alternatives?
In some cases where a CFA is not suitable or other funding options are not available, you may wish to pay privately for legal services.
The cost of running a claim will depend upon a number of factors, these include such things as:
- The type of dental claim
- The complexity of your dental claim
- The volume of documents
- The tasks that are required to be carried out
We will always provide you with a clear pricing structure for handling your dental claim. You will be asked for a sum of money in advance and this means that you will never be charged for work that you have not already agreed that we should carry out.
If your dental claim requires additional work, we will contact you in advance and explain why the additional work is necessary and take your clear instructions upon whether you wish to carry out that work or not. Again, we will ask for payment in advance of carrying out additional work. You will never get an unexpected bill.
Dental claims can be expensive to run, but we will aim to keep any costs to a minimum.
We work on an hourly charge out rate of £350 plus VAT and can give you more information upon request about how much it might cost you to bring a dental claim on a private paying basis.
When should I start my claim?
Your claim has a time limit of three years from the moment the treatment was undertaken. While this is most commonly the time limit used, the treatment itself may not appear to be of poor quality until a significant amount of time has passed. If this is the case, you may still be able to make a claim, as the “Date of Knowledge” was later than the date of the treatment.
Find out more about your compensation time frames.
Whatever your situation, please feel free to get in touch with Dental Law Claims by filling out our questionnaire form. Let us know about your claim and we’ll run through a free, no-obligation consultation call with you to identify whether you have a potential claim to make.