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How to Pay for a Fatal Accident Claim

3rd December 2019

How to pay for a Fatal Accident Claim depends on who you instruct to take on the claim for you. Some Solicitors will charge an hourly fee, while others may charge a fixed fee or offer services on a no win no fee basis.

At Co-op Legal Services, we can deal with most Fatal Accident Claims on a no win no fee basis, with nothing to pay up front. If the claim is successful, then a success fee will be deducted from the final settlement of compensation figure, and your basic legal costs recovered from the other side. If the claim is unsuccessful, there will be absolutely no fee to pay.

For free initial advice call our Fatal Accident Solicitors on 0330 606 9587 or contact us online and we will call you.

No Win No Fee Fatal Accident Claims

When researching Personal Injury and Medical Negligence Solicitors, it's important to establish the fees that they will charge along with how and when you will be required to pay these. Some Solicitors may bill throughout the claim, while others will not request payment until the claim has been settled. While fees should not be the only factor taken into account, it is an important consideration to bear in mind.

We understand that uncertainty around costs can often be a barrier for people when seeking legal services. This is why we offer complete transparency around our fees, and with our no win no fee service, there are no upfront costs to pay.

We may also recommend you take out After the Event Insurance, to protect your financial position from the other side's costs or your own legal expenses. We will of course discuss the appropriate options that are available to you.

How to Make a No Win No Fee Fatal Accident Claim

If you think you may have grounds to make a Fatal Accident Claim, speak to our Serious Injury Solicitors for free initial advice. We can assess your claim for free, talk you through your options and explain the next steps, with no obligation on you to instruct us.

If we do take on your claim, you will have a dedicated solicitor who is experienced in Fatal Accident Claims to support you through the claim from start to finish. Your Solicitor will take care of the claims process on your behalf, gathering the necessary supporting evidence, liaising with third parties and negotiating with the other side. If liability is denied then your Solicitor may begin litigation.

Your Solicitor will take the time to fully understand the circumstances surrounding the claim and the impact that the death has had on loved ones. They will calculate the value of compensation based on a number of factors, including:

  • Whether anyone was financially dependent on the deceased
  • Whether anyone depended on the deceased for services (this could be anything from dog walking to DIY)
  • The cost of the funeral
  • Any intangible benefits that have been lost (such as companionship or love)

Your Solicitor will then negotiate with the other side and work hard to achieve a full and fair compensation settlement for you.

If you require representation at the coroner's inquest, our Coroner and Inquest Solicitors can also offer representation on a no win no fee basis, as part of the Fatal Accident Claim.

How to Pay for a Fatal Accident Claim

With a no win no fee agreement, if your claim is unsuccessful, then there will be no fee to pay. It's as simple as that.

If your claim is successful, then we will deduct our success fee from the final settlement of compensation once this has been received from the other side. We will already have agreed the fee rate with you before beginning work on your claim, so there will be no unexpected surprises.

In many cases we are able to secure interim payments of compensation before the claim has fully settled. These payments can help to alleviate immediate financial pressures for you and your loved ones. We will not deduct a success fee from interim payments, our fee will be deducted from the final settlement amount once the claim has been finalised.

For free initial advice call our Fatal Accident Solicitors on 0330 606 9587 or contact us online and we will call you.

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