About disbursements and the no win no fee agreement
When you decide to pursue a no win no fee personal injury claim it is likely that you will hear about certain costs that you may be liable for. These costs are also known as disbursements. Read more about what a no win no fee agreement is.
Disbursements are essentially all costs incurred by your personal injury solicitor that are not included in his hourly rate (his fees). These are paid by your solicitor to other people on your behalf and include any number of the following which may help support your compensation claim:
- Police accident reports - this report details the circumstances of the accident such where it took place, at what time it took place and who was at fault.
- Medical reports - this will usually be written by an independent expert and used to provide evidence of the personal injury that you have sustained.
- Hospital records - these are the notes taken when you consult a medical professional about your personal injury in the first instance.
- GP records - you may need to obtain copies of your medical history from your GP as evidence for your claim. These should cost no more than £50.
- Expert witness fees - if further evidence of your personal injury is required an expert witness may be called and they will charge a fee.
- Court fees - in the event that your no win no fee personal injury claim goes to court you will still be liable for court fees.
- Counsel's fees - you may require a barrister to advise on your case, especially if it goes to court, and they will charge a fee.
- After-the-event insurance - ATE insurance is taken out to cover you for both yours and your opponent's fees and disbursements if your claim is unsuccessful.
How much will I have to pay for disbursements?
Some personal injury law firms will require you to pay for disbursements up front, meaning that many claimants in the UK have no choice but to take out a loan in order to cover these costs and run up huge debts.
As we work under a no win no fee agreement, you will not have to pay your solicitor's fees if your claim is unsuccessful. Also, we will take out legal expenses insurance on your behalf to cover you for all other costs and fees. Read more about legal expenses insurance.
How can I make a no win no fee claim?
Making a no win no fee personal injury fee couldn't be simpler. Just fill out one of our online claim forms and we will assess your claim entitlement and call you back at a time that is convenient for you. Alternatively, call our 24-hour friendly claim advisors on 0800 197 32 32 today.