We operate on a “no win, no fee” basis. We know that many people who have suffered medical negligence are reluctant to make a claim because of concerns over the cost of seeking legal advice. At the Medical Accident Group we believe that justice should not be reserved only for those who can afford it.
This means that if you do not win your case, you will not be expected to pay any fees or charges. Unlike some other firms, you won’t even have to pay things like experts’ fees as you go along – these are the expenses that we will pay out to others.
We offer a free initial consultation with one of our expert solicitors, where we discuss your experience with you and determine whether or not you are eligible to make a claim. We will then explore funding options with you and in the majority of cases, we handle claims on a no win, no fee basis, providing you the peace of mind that there will be no cost to you should your claim be unsuccessful.
We will then offer you what is called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This is a simple method of covering the legal costs involved where the Medical Accident Group agrees to take no payment until the end of the case. In the event of a win, our costs will be covered by the opposition and we will charge you a success fee for the risks that we are taking up to a limit of 25% of your award for general damages for pain and suffering, and loss of amenity, and damages for pecuniary loss, other than future pecuniary loss; if the case is lost, we take no fee, and there is no cost to you.
The law states that if the case is lost, the losing party pays the legal costs. In order to ensure our clients are not required to cover any court costs, we take out an ‘after the event’ (ATE) insurance policy on their behalf. An ATE is only taken out once the legal case has begun, and is specifically designed to protect clients whose claims are potentially unsuccessful.
The cost of the ATE insurance policy is, like the legal fees, deferred until the end of the case. If the case is unsuccessful, no payment is required, as the premium is self insuring.