A Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) is a written agreement that formalises the no-win no-fee arrangement between you and your solicitor. It is essentially a document designed to give the claimant peace of mind; legally stating that they won’t have to pay their solicitor a penny if their claim is unsuccessful.
During the course of your personal injury claim your solicitor may receive a Part 36 offer from the other side.
This is an offer to settle the claim without having to go to court. It’s also possible (but not as common) to make a Part 36 offer to the third party to try and get them to settle the claim earlier.
After the event (ATE) legal expense insurance is taken out after an accident has happened in order to cover you for any legal costs you may incur when you pursue a compensation claim. This is how law firms are able to offer a no-win no-fee service as the costs are covered by the insurance policy if you lost the case.
Before the event insurance (BTE) is taken out by people who want to protect themselves just in case something happens. It is often sold as part of the overall package for car and household contents insurance policies, or as an extra ‘add on’ benefit which you can pay for with these types of policies.
In some compensation cases, the defendant (the person you are claiming against) may argue that you were partly to blame for the accident. In these instances a split liability agreement may be reviewed.
If you are making a personal injury claim you may have heard the term ‘pre-med offer’.
You may find yourself in the position of having to decide whether or not to accept one.But what is a pre-med offer and when should you accept one?
If you are making a claim for personal injury compensation and have been told you will need to have a medical report, it is understandable that you might be anxious about what this involves.
One of the most common questions we are asked by people who have a personal injury claim with us is how much compensation they are likely to receive. A medical valuation is one of many steps necessary to calculate the amount.
Whether you’ve suffered a personal injury sustained from a road traffic accident, or an accident at work, or out and about, then it is likely that your solicitor will ask you to attend a medical appointment.
If you’re injured in an accident and need to make a personal injury claim against a third party then there are two parts to any claim. First there is the compensation for the injuries suffered, this is called the General Damages.
Then the law allows for a claim of other costs and out of pocket expenses and this is under the bracket of Special Damages.