Australians should have a right to professional legal representation even if they have a financial hardship. This is why East Coast Injury Lawyers adopts a ‘No Win, No Fee’ Guarantee.
In Queensland, especially in large areas like Brisbane and the Gold Coast, a ‘no win no fee lawyer’ is almost a necessity in a personal injury claim because many victims of an accident are rendered unable to work due to their injuries and provide for themselves and their families financially.
How does a ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement work?
A ‘no win, no fee’ agreement is a payment structure between a solicitor and their client that basically means that if your claim is unsuccessful and you receive no compensation then you will not be obligated to pay any legal fees or outlays of our firm.
Some ‘no win, no fee’ agreements still charge for outlays (also known as disbursements), which are costs associated with pursuing the claim such as court filing fees, expert report costs and barrister fees. However, please note that East Coast Injury Lawyers does not engage in this practice.
When is ‘No Win, No Fee’ Available?
East Coast Injury Lawyers offers this agreement for all areas of personal injury compensation law including:
- Workplace compensation claims
- Car accidents and other motor vehicle accidents
- Total and permanent disability claims
- Serious injury claims and death
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Quadriplegia and paraplegia injuries
However, the circumstances of each client are unique and our accredited specialists in personal injury will assess your claim and discuss any issues that arise before you agree to sign on as a client.
How Does the East Coast Injury Lawyers ‘No Win, No Fee’ Agreement Differ From Others?
To maximize the chances of success with your claim, East Coast Injury Lawyers sets out the following obligations to you as our client in our ‘No Win, No Fee’ Guarantee:
- We will work on your claim in a professional manner quickly and efficiently.
- Our lawyers will consult you prior to any special or unusual expenses being incurred, as well as advise you when our legal costs estimate changes substantially.
- You will be regularly informed of the progress of your claim.
When you meet with one of our accredited specialists in personal injury, the conditions for the ‘no win, no fee’ agreement will be set out for you in a written cost agreement that you will need to sign before we begin to represent you in your claim.
Our no win, no fee agreement not only protects you from our legal fees if you are unsuccessful, but we will also undertake the costs of your outlays and disbursements such as expert medical report costs, court filing costs and office resources.
You will not have to repay us our outlays and disbursements if you receive no compensation; hence, why we offer a ‘No Win, No Fee’ Guarantee.
What is the 50/50 rule?
In Queensland personal injury laws, the 50/50 rule protects the client in personal injury matters by restricting the amount that a law firm can charge them so that the client are not worse off financially after pursuing a legitimate personal injury claim.
The rule puts a maximum limit on professional fees including GST that a lawyer can charge, which is 50% of the settlement amount after refunds (including Medicare or Centrelink) and outlays have been deducted.