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How to Work on the Expense Sheet during a Trial?

November 19, 2012 by  Filed under News


The most logical course of action that should be taken after one has been the victim of an accident that was not his or her fault. The claim can be filed either on your own or with the help of a personal injury solicitor. However, it is always advisable that one takes the help of a legal adviser instead of filing a case by themselves; there are too many nuances in the process that should be followed, and are known only to a practitioner in the field. Moreover, most personal injury cases can be filed on a no win no fee compensation basis, which means that you do not have to pay the fees of the lawyer if you have not been awarded the compensation. However, you should keep in mind that the conditional fee agreement does not necessarily mean that all costs are waived, although that can be taken care of.

It is advisable to take into consideration all the costs when you approach a solicitor for the purpose of representing your claim for compensation. Do keep in mind, first of all, that it is not that easy to find a lawyer who will be willing to work with you on a no win no pay basis. The reason behind this is easily understandable; a lot is at stake as far as the solicitor is concerned in this agreement, both financially as well as in terms of goodwill. Therefore, you might find yourself at a loss during the process of looking for a competent no win no fee solicitor. However, you can rest assured once you have engaged one; the high stakes act as impetus to the lawyer for working harder than usual, and it is also the most competent ones that actually agree to this provision.

One of the biggest disputes that arise between solicitors and their clients is regarding payments. Most lawyers ask a certain percentage of the compensation as their fees. Make sure that this aspect has been worked out between both parties at the very outset of the case; otherwise, you might end up seeing very little of the compensation amount after paying all the fees and other costs. It does not matter which category your claim would fall into; the procedure should be the same if you are filing a claim for clinical negligence or engaging the services of a work accident attorney.

It is also of the utmost importance that you know what kinds of costs are likely to be incurred during the trial. The fees of the solicitor are only the tip of the iceberg; there are various other kinds of expenses that are incurred during the course of the trial. The entire legal procedure involves quite an amount of investigation, collecting evidence as well as filing of the claim itself, and all of these activities require a considerable amount of money to be spent.

Most no win no fee solicitors, on the other hand, charge about 30% of the total compensation awarded to their clients as their fees. The additional legal expenses, however, have to be paid separately, although it can be so arranged that it is also included in the reparation amount itself. Do make sure that the arrangements have been made before the case has been actually filed under the lawyer’s supervision.

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