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If you have been injured by a defective product then you may be able to claim damages from the manufacturers insurance company. We operate the no win no fee scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No expenses or legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim alleging that injury was caused by a defective product is lost there is no charge made to the client.

No win no fee agreements which are also called conditional fee arrangements (CFA) were first introduced in 1998 with the intention of removing Legal Aid for most personal injury cases. The scheme operates in such a way that a solicitor who takes a case on usually only receives payment if the claim is successful and damages are awarded. If the case is lost then the solicitor must write of his legal costs and he will not get paid for any of his time spent in running the claim.

No Win No Fee - Different Financial Terms

There are a number of important matters which must be considered in relation to the no win no fee scheme and CFA's as solicitors have a substantial discretion on the terms and conditions within the agreement. Some solicitors will fund and finance every part of the no win no fee claim including any expenses that must be paid out including insurance, medical records charges, medical reports and court fees whereas other solicitors, whilst doing the actual legal work i.e. their time spent, on a no win no fee basis will expect the client to pay for all disbursements upfront. Some solicitors will make arrangements for this case financing through a loan arranged in the clients name. In the event that the case is lost then this type of arrangement has the potential for the client to lose any money paid out on disbursements.

After the Event Insurance

One further matter which needs consideration in regards to CFA's relates to the potential liability of the client to be ordered to pay the other sides costs if the case is lost. The loser in product liability litigation usually has to pay the legal fees of the winning side. This problem is resolved by the use of 'after the event' (ATE) insurance which covers the loser against the responsibility of being ordered to pay the winners costs.

Solicitors Advice

For free legal advice on product liability claims relating to any of the following matters from a specialist lawyer just use the helpline or email our offices and a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts will telephone you with no obligation :-


LEGAL HELPLINE 0844 414 4176