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Recently I acted for a client who sustained an accident when his shoulder was injured at work. He was off work for three months. I claimed for his loss of earnings during this absence AND I was also successful in increasing his damages by an extra £10,000 even though he had returned to his job.
I acted for a client on a no win, no fee basis after they were injured working as a security guard for a large company. The accident occurred when my client was signing in a visitor near to some security barriers.
Why do claims take such a long time? This is a question that clients, contacts and friends ask me all the time. It’s not an easy question to answer. In short, there are two reasons: complexity and dispute.
Let’s take the first one: complexity.
If you’re involved in a car accident, even a minor one, it can be a very distressing situation. It can also be quite difficult to think clearly and collect all the information you might need.
If you take some photos of the scene of the accident this can be a huge help in the future if you need to make a personal injury claim.
Mike Greenstein, partner in Goodge Law and a specialist in personal injury gives some insights into his job
At the beginning of my career I spent some time doing personal injury work and really enjoyed it. It’s very hands on and people-orientated.
The Government is concerned about the perceived increase in the compensation culture and doesn’t want us to become like the States. However, statistics show that we don’t have a compensation culture – just the perception that we do.
The Government is concerned that the no win-no fee agreement is costing business through claims and the overheads of keeping paperwork in line with the law.
In the UK, a Conditional Fee Agreement describes the agreement made between a law firm and their clients where the law firm acts on behalf of the client and is only paid if the outcome of the claim is successful. Some people also describe this agreement as a No Win-No Fee Agreement or a No Fee-No Win Agreement.
“1st I'd like to say a big thanks to Mike Greenstein and to all at Goodge Law for all their help and work by getting me a good result. Very professional and good communication with great advice. I would highly recommend Goodge Law and 100% would be my 1st choice if need a solicitor only bad thing I can think of is Mike Greenstein is a Chelsea supporter.”
- Mark A
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