We understand that you may have concerns about the financial implications of making a medical negligence claim. For that reason, the vast majority of our cases are undertaken on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. We guarantee that no matter the outcome of your claim, you’ll never be in a worse financial position than when you first approached us.
What is a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement?
A ‘no win, no fee’ agreement (also known as a conditional fee agreement) is an arrangement between you and your solicitor. Quite simply, it means that if your claim is unsuccessful you will not have to contribute a penny towards your legal costs.
Our solicitors will look into the details of your claim and will assess the likelihood of it being successful. If we believe there is a reasonable chance of success, we will enter into a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement with you. We will not charge you any fees during the course of your claim provided you act honestly and instruct us promptly throughout.
Alongside the ‘no win, no fee’ agreement, we will arrange an ‘after the event’ (ATE) insurance policy on your behalf. The ATE policy ensures that all expenses incurred during the process of bringing a claim are covered, meaning you won’t have to pay a penny upfront.
Ashtons Legal provides ATE insurance through ARAG, a provider of legal insurance products who recently retained their title as ‘Insurance provider of the Year’ at the Personal Injury Awards.
This short video explains more about the ARAG ATE insurance policy.
What happens if my claim is successful?
If your medical negligence claim is successful you will keep the majority of the compensation awarded to you. Most of the legal costs you have incurred will be recovered from the defendant (the organisation or individual responsible for causing your injury). You will have to contribute to the payment of your costs from the compensation you have been awarded. At the outset of the claim, it is not possible for us to advise you of what the likely costs will be as there are too many uncertainties. However, before you sign the no win no fee agreement we will agree a cap on the amount you may have to pay. This transparency will provide you with a level of certainty throughout your claim and you therefore needn’t worry about any unexpected fees or hidden costs.
What happens if my claim is unsuccessful?
If your medical negligence claim is unsuccessful you don’t have to worry about paying any legal fees. We will write off the costs that have been accrued, and your ATE insurance will cover any out of pocket expenses incurred by us during the course of your claim. When choosing Ashtons Legal, you can rest assured that you will be financially protected, no matter the outcome.
Why choose Ashtons Legal?
At Ashtons Legal, we are passionate about obtaining justice for people who have been injured through someone else’s negligence. Whilst we are determined to secure the best possible financial outcome for our clients, to us a ‘real result’ is seeing them in a better position than when they first instructed us. Whether this is achieved through compensation or ensuring our clients get access to the most suitable equipment, rehabilitation, support groups or therapists, we will do all we can to support every aspect of their recovery. We also aim to obtain early interim payments to help ease the financial burden.
Our client liaison team are able to ensure that every bit of help and specialist care available is provided whilst the claim is ongoing. They work closely with local service providers, healthcare professionals, agencies and charities in order to provide tailored support to all of our clients.
We are committed to understanding our clients’ injuries and their immediate and future needs to the fullest extent. We have a reputation second to none, and are known for our persistence, our ability to win difficult cases, and our willingness to “go the extra mile” for those who have been injured. Our client-centric approach has resulted in us being ranked as a top tier medical negligence team for over 25 years.
What’s the next step?
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of medical negligence, or you have any questions about making a claim, please get in touch with us for a free and confidential consultation.
Please call us on 0330 404 3277 or contact us online and one of our experts will get back to you.