Making A Tinnitus Claim - How Much Will It Cost?

In the United Kingdom, practically all personal injury claims - including tinnitus claims - are taken on by lawyers on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. What this means, is that should a lawyer lose their client’s claim, then the client should have none of their own lawyer’s fees to pay, since the outcome was not as desired. Furthermore, under such an agreement, there are no legal fees to pay upfront nor during the claims process. This means that it is possible for you to bring forward a tinnitus claim, without it costing you anything.

How ‘no win, no fee’ works

‘No win, no fee’ is in fact a phrase used to describe the core feature of a ‘conditional fee agreement’. These agreements stipulate that the client should have access to legal representation at no initial or ongoing cost. These agreements also stipulate that should the lawyer lose their client’s case, then the lawyer does not get paid.

So, how does a lawyer get paid?

Under a conditional fee agreement, a lawyer only gets paid if they win their client’s case, and they can recover their costs in one of two ways:
  1. By taking a percentage of their client’s compensation: By law, this can be no more than 25 per cent of the claim’s total value.
  2. By recovering their costs from the other side: This is the preferred option, since it means that the client gets to keep 100 per cent of their compensation. However, it is not always possible to do this, and certainly not in cases of split liability.
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So, how much will it cost to make a tinnitus claim?

At the very most, making a tinnitus claim will cost you 25 per cent of your claim’s value, if your lawyer takes the maximum permitted percentage as payment. Of course, this means that you will not have to pay anything out of your own pocket per se, since the total amount of compensation will have never reached you in the first place.

Most of the time, the estimated pay-out your lawyer provides to you will be minus the fee your solicitor will take. So, it is often the case that the client has no sense of how much money their lawyer has taken as a fee. To clear this up, you should discuss payment terms with your lawyer prior to agreeing to make your claim. It is worth mentioning also that some lawyers take a lower percentage as payment than others. So, you could end up with more compensation if you ‘shop around’, and look for a lawyer with a competitive rate.

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