Advice on funding a claim, including how to make a no win no fee medical negligence claim
‘Keeping you informed to make the right funding decision’
Before you take out a medical negligence compensation claim, you want to be sure about likely costs – and how you could meet them. That’s why we don’t simply assist with the claim, we take you through all the ways of funding a claim before doing anything else.
Helping you decide between the main funding options
There are four main options when it comes to funding a claim. We can help explain each one, and suggest which might be best for you.
- No win no fee medical negligence
Also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement, no win no fee medical negligence is an excellent way of funding a claim. If you win, your opponent will pay our fees. There will be some items that you’ll have to pay for, which will be funded from your compensation. For instance, these will include the cost of the insurance we need to take out on your behalf, and any success fee that we charge. On the other hand, if you lose the case, you’ll not be charged. Most claimants fund their cases with a no win no fee medical negligence agreement nowadays.
- Legal expenses insurance
You may already have legal expenses insurance. For instance, it could be part of your home and contents cover, or an extra benefit with your bank or credit card, or attached to another insurance policy. If so, it may well cover medical and dental negligence claims. We can help you take advantage of this cover if you have it – and won’t charge for liaising with your insurance company on your behalf.
- Legal Aid
If you’re making a claim for a child who suffered brain injuries at or around the time of their birth, then you may be able to take advantage of Legal Aid. We can help you make an application for your child, and state funding will then be made available for you to pursue your claim. Only firms with accredited expertise like Royds Withy King can obtain Legal Aid in cases like this.
- Private funding
Sometimes a no win no fee clinical negligence arrangement may be inappropriate for your case. If so, and if you don’t have legal expenses insurance and cannot access Legal Aid, then we may agree to carry out an initial investigation for you for a fixed fee. If our investigation is positive, we can then enter into a no win no fee clinical negligence agreement with you. From that point on, you won’t be charged any fee.