PERSONAL INJURIES COMPENSATION
What does 'no-win, no-fee' mean?
This essentially means that we don't get paid unless we win or successfully settle your case. We won't take on your case unless we think you have reasonable prospects of succeeding. A 50:50 rule also applies, which means that we can't make more money out of your case than you receive, which is comforting to you. When assessing your case we will discuss with you the full requirements of a no win, no fee case.
Do you use barristers?
We use barristers extensively, to provide expertise in the particular area of law which applies to your case. By utilising their expertise with drafting documents, together with their skills as an advocate in Court or a Settlement Conference, the best results can be obtained in your case
How can I be sure the person or company I wish to sue will have money to pay my compensation?
In most cases the defendant is insured by an insurer, eg WorkCover, or in the case of a car accident, by a compulsory third party insurer. So in those cases there will be money available to payout on your successful claim.
What is Hunter Solicitors' attitude towards mediation?
The mediation and settlement process means that an independent lawyer, for example a barrister, takes the role of co-ordinating the settlement conference to try and resolve the matter to prevent the need to take it to Court. The independent Mediator talks to both sides at the conference, giving an unbiased view of each party's wishes so that a fair settlement can be reached. By settling your claim before the matter goes into the Court process, costs are kept at a minimum. Our approach is to try and settle your claim as quickly as possible, as long as the amount of compensation offered to you is fair.
What area of my claim will achieve the most compensation money wise?
In most cases, loss of income, particularly for the future, is the biggest component in a claim. We will work out your future loss of income which will depend on certain factors such as your age, the type of work you do, and the affect of the injury on your capacity to work, as well as whether it will be likely that you can obtain future work in a different occupation.
I have a serious injury and will be unable to work in the future. How will this affect my claim?
The Court will recognize your serious disadvantage and will make the appropriate monetary adjustment in your favour.