It is important to walk into any personal injury case with a clear understanding of what will be expected of you. All of this should be discussed with your solicitor before the formal papers are filed. In addition to the many other questions that you will undoubtedly have, you should also ask about the costs involved in your case. You do not want to face a case of sticker shock, so be sure that the matter of expenses is ironed out before the suit is filed.
Expected Cost The biggest point of concern for most solicitors’ clients is that of cost. Of course, after facing a tragic accident or some otherwise devastating circumstance, a person doesn’t want to face sky high legal bills. You are not alone in these sentiments, and you shouldn’t be afraid to ask. If you are dealing with an experienced solicitor, he or she will be able to tell you what similar cases have cost. He or she should also be able to provide a detailed description of how costs are calculated.
No Win No Fee? Many solicitors are willing to work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. That is to say that, if you lose your case, you wouldn’t be responsible for any of your solicitor’s costs. However, it should be excessively clear that this agreement is in place before the case is filed. There should be information in writing, and your solicitor should discuss any exceptions to this rule, up front.
Defendant’s Costs Ask about the defendant’s costs. Could you be held responsible if you lose your case? Do you need insurance to protect you against that fate? How likely is it that you will lose the case and face such a situation?
It may be possible, depending on the facts of your case, to seek assistance with your legal expenses. If you have concerns about the cost, speak to your solicitor about those options.