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Claims funding and process

Many clients are concerned about how they are going to pay our costs. We are often able to offer 'no win no fee' agreements to our clients, supported by After The Event insurance.

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Claims Funding

After we have had our initial telephone conversation, if we consider that your case has reasonable prospects of success, we will usually able to offer our clients the benefit of us running cases on a 'no win no fee' basis.

Since changes to the law in recent years with the introduction of LASPO, this has altered the way that a number of legal claims are funded, including those for personal injury.

The Government changed the system so that the cost of any legal expenses insurance and success fee on legal fees was payable by the Claimant rather than the other side.

If your claim is successful, we will charge you a fee, capped at 25% of the damages, including VAT, which we will explain to you at the outset of your case.

Claims Process

We are often asked how long a claim will take to settle.

By and large, this depends on the type of claim and how serious the injuries are.

If a client has soft tissue injuries, or those which should recover within a couple of weeks or months, we are often able to settle these in a few months if the claims process runs smoothly.

For cases under £25,000, these are inputted onto the Claims Portal, which gives direct contact between insurers and solicitors.

After we have received signed documents from the client, we initially outline the case, including the circumstances, injuries, etc, to the other side via the Claims Portal.

They then have to respond formally, either admitting or denying liability and we also aim to get any rehabilitation assessment underway for you.

If they admit liability, the claims process is quicker and we are then able to arrange medical reports, seek to get your losses back, etc.

For more serious injuries, the process depends on how quickly you recover.

At the outset, we will look to arrange rehabilitation treatment as soon as possible to help your symptoms improve. It may be a number of weeks or months until we can arrange a medical examination for your case as you will still be obtaining treatment and assessments from your own hospital and doctor.

If private treatment is required, we will always consider this as an option and, if required, seek the cost of this from the other side.

Once medical evidence is obtained, we are usually able to value your case and discuss settlement with the other side.

Our expert Team will ensure that you recover all of your losses (loss of earnings, items bought, travel expenses, medication, etc) and receive the maximum amount you are due for your case.

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Luke Patel
Luke Patel
Partner
0113 227 9316
LPatel@LawBlacks.com

Luke Patel qualified as a Solicitor in London in 1995 and has worked at Blacks Solicitors since 1998, where he is now a Partner and Head of the Commercial Dispute Resolution and Personal Injury & Medical Negligence teams.

Luke acts for a broad range of clients from owner managed businesses to charities and international organisations, undertaking a variety of commercial chancery work including: company and contractual disputes; director/shareholder disputes; disputes concerning trustees; professional negligence; defamation; privacy; and property litigation (including landlord and tenant matters).

He has a particular experience in dealing with complex charity disputes concerning religious organisations (temples, gurdwaras and mosques) acting for both trustees, executive committees and congregation members in group type actions.

Luke has also had several reported cases in the Court of Appeal. One successful matter included advising a prominent religious leader where permission was secured to appeal to the Court of Appeal, and the case went on to the Supreme Court.

Recognised by the Legal 500 as being “an exceptional litigator”, “very client focused, driven by getting the right outcome for his clients and always delivering an impeccable service”. Luke was also awarded the Best Professional in Business Award at the English Asian Business Awards 2013.

Nathan Clay
Nathan Clay
Associate
0113 227 9355
NClay@LawBlacks.com

Nathan Clay joined Blacks Solicitors in 2012 and is an Associate Solicitor in the Personal Injury and Medical Negligence team.

He graduated in 1996 and was a Claims Handler at a large insurance firm in Leeds before moving to a solicitors practice in York.

Whilst working there he studied for the LPC part-time at the College of Law and qualified in 2001.

Nathan has extensive experience of handling cases for Claimants and Defendants, including medical negligence claims against hospitals, GPs, and dentists. He also deals with claims for accidents at work, in public and road traffic accidents (RTAs).

He is experienced at dealing with complex and high value cases, and has a particular interest in spinal and brain injury cases, and claims for motorcyclists.

Tina Tosney
Tina Tosney
Paralegal
0113 227 9350
TTosney@LawBlacks.com

Tina Tosney joined Blacks Solicitors in 2007 and is a Senior Litigation Executive in the Personal Injury & Medical Negligence team.

Tina previously worked within a specialist Insurance Fraud team, acting on behalf of insurance companies who had received claims which they suspected were fraudulent.

She now specialises in a variety of personal injury matters including public liability cases, employer’s liability cases and road traffic accidents (RTAs), acting on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants.

Tina has a keen interest in highway tripping cases and, whilst these cases are often difficult to prove, has secured successful results for clients on a vast number of occasions.

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