Work Accident Solicitor Costs UK: How to ensure your legal cost of claiming compensation for a work accident is paid by your employer as part of your accident claim
Work accident solicitor costs: discover why you can claim your legal costs as part of your compensation claim against your employer; what these costs are made up of and how to fund your lawyer’s fees for free until your claim has concluded.
What are your work accident solicitor costs made up of?
There are two main types of expenses which will form part of your UK work accident solicitor costs, which include:
1. Your work injury lawyer’s legal fees
Your work accident solicitors legal fees are set at an hourly rate normally referred to as a charge rate.
This is a charge for the amount of time spent by your solicitor working on your claim – including obtaining evidence to win your claim and considering the evidence provided by your employer to defend paying your claim.
2. Legal expenses incurred by your personal injury solicitor in making your claim
As part of your work accident solicitor costs there will be expenses included known as disbursements. These are actually sums of money your lawyer makes no profit on, but pays out on your behalf and can include such expenses as: the cost of obtaining copies of your GP notes (this sum is paid to your GP); the cost of obtaining copies of your hospital notes (paid to the relevant NHS trust), the cost of obtaining a medical report describing your work injuries from a medical consultant (monies paid to the consultant), etc.
How can you pay your work accident solicitor costs to make your claim?
Do not be concerned – you will be pleased to know that there are a number of ways to meet your work accident solicitor costs in pursuing your compensation claim.
Click no win no fee to see the page I have written explaining how to fund your work accident solicitor costs at no expense to yourself.
Can you claim your solicitor’s costs from your employer as part of your claim?
“Yes” – in England and Wales your are entitled not only to receive compensation for your workplace injuries if your employer is found at fault, but in addition you are entitled to claim the majority of your work accident solicitor costs of making your claim, which should include not only your lawyer’s fees, but also the disbursement expenses your solicitor has incurred on your behalf.
At the time of writing this article you can claim the majority of your legal costs from your employer, so long as the personal injury part of your claim is worth over £1,000 (your lawyer will advise you whether this is the case at the time of commencement of your claim).
Who pays for your employer’s solicitors legal costs?
If you win your claim – your employer pays their own lawyer’s fees of defending your claim and if you lose your claim your work accident solicitor should have put in place some form of insurance to protect you from paying your employer’s legal fees.
What are the risks to you of paying a work accident solicitor costs in pursuing a personal injury claim?
So long as your work claims solicitor has properly advised you and put in place all the necessary funding agreements such as a “no win no fee” there is no real risk: you can make your claim without incurring expense until your claim has concluded when there might be a small deduction from your compensation (for a portion of legal costs your employer’s insurers do not have to pay).
In this article – I have shown how to make a claim without incurring your solicitors legal costs or that of your employer’s solicitors (so long as your work claims solicitor has properly advised you and put in place all the necessary funding agreements). At the time of writing “no win no fee” arrangements will can result in a small deduction from your compensation only if your claim is successful.
I recommend you click work related accident solicitor costs to see the page I have written explaining how to choose the a specialist UK personal injury lawyer who should properly advise you how to ensure you do not have to pay your work accident solicitor costs to make your compensation claim.