Your Personal Injury Lawyers in Brisbane

No Win — No Fee: What Is It?

This page provides details about the conditions on which we offer personal injury services.

The term No Win No Fee is now widely used by law firms.

It is especially common in personal injuries cases where the injured person, with added financial losses as a result of an injury, often has little or no capacity to pay upfront legal fees.

Where we are able to offer our No Win No Fee services, we will provide our legal services without cost to you until you receive payment in a successful outcome of your case.

How No Win No Fee Is Funded

Where we agree to take on your case as No Win No Fee, we are also able to cover the cost of your outlays incurred by us in advancing your case such as:

  • medical reports
  • searches
  • court fees
  • costs of obtaining the necessary records to advance the claim

The way we fund this will be through third party funding, where we, the firm, will bear the costs of the outlays and the funding should there be an unfavourable outcome.

Whilst some law firms advertise not requiring third party funding as a selling point, at Corney & Lind Lawyers, we acknowledge the lengthy duration some personal injuries cases take in order to achieve a right and just result.

Examples of this are:

  • where the injuries require ongoing treatment such as repeat surgery or multidisciplinary rehabilitation
  • where the case involves two or more defendants, or
  • where other complexities requires more lengthy investigations

In those cases, having a third party funding reduces the risk that commercial pressures could play in decision making.

Fee Cap

We will always apply the 35% cap rule in No Win No Fee matters effectively capping our fees even if the jurisdiction or legislation may not strictly require it in your case.

Where other firms usually charge an additional 25% “Uplift Fee” for the risk in carrying your case, at Corney & Lind Lawyers, we give fair reflection of the risk being carried and record this clearly in our costs agreement with you before you decide to engage us as your lawyers.

At Corney & Lind Lawyers, we do not charge an uplift fee for successfully completing your case.

We do not charge an additional amount for “Care and Consideration”.

We do not apply a “blended hourly rate” for our legal team working on your matter. The hourly rate varies with the experience of the staff member working on your matter.

This allows some of the work to be done at much more affordable hourly rates. This represents another saving to clients.

Committed to You

We are committed to integrity in time recording. We never “write-up” time. From an accountability perspective, full itemization of all time recorded on your matter is available to you.

Even if we cannot run your claim on a No Win No Fee basis, we’ll consider running your claim on a fee for service basis.

We often take over the carriage of matters where our clients have started with other lawyers. We are happy to consider this for you without cost.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you are injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Queensland as a driver, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian and you are not at fault, you will be entitled to bring a claim against the CTP insurer of the vehicle at fault.

If your passengers were injured, but you were the driver at fault they are still entitled to bring a claim.

  1. Take the name and address from the at fault driver.
    We would recommend taking photographs of the accident scene including the damage sustained by the vehicles.
  2. Notify Police.
    If the Police do not attend visit your nearest police station to report the accident.
  3. Seek medical attention.
    Make sure you seek immediate medical attention for a full medical check up.
  4. Contact Corney & Lind Lawyers.
    Contact our office to discuss your accident. We will start your claim process within 24 hours as strict time frames apply.
  5. Lodge your claim.
    The sooner your claim is lodged, the quicker you can concentrate on making a full recovery. We will guide you through the recovery stage to ensure you obtain maximum compensation.

You will need to complete a Notice of Accident Claim form.

Your GP will need to complete the medical certificate attached to the Notice of Accident Claim form.

This is a pre-requisite for any insurer to consider funding your treatment, rehabilitation and compensation settlement payment.

You will still have the same rights to make a claim against the insurer of the vehicle at fault.

You may also have the right to make a claim against your Workers Compensation insurance for medical and rehabilitation expenses and weekly wages.

If you are injured as a result of a defective or faulty product in Queensland and you are not at fault, you may be able to lodge a claim for compensation.

  1. Report the incident and injuries to your employer immediately.
  2. Seek medical attention.
    Make sure you seek immediate medical attention. It is always advisable to receive a full medical check up.
  3. Lodge your application for compensation with your employer’s Workers’ Compensation insurer.
    The sooner your claim is lodged the quicker you can concentrate on making a full recovery. We will guide you through the application stage to ensure you obtain maximum compensation.
  4. Contact Corney & Lind office to discuss your workplace accident.
    We will start your claim process within 24 hours as strict time frames apply.
  5. Do not accept any lump sum offers made to you by any parties without obtaining legal advice.
    Doing so may forfeit your right to a comprehensive compensation pay out under the common law. We can explain this process to you in detail during Step 4.

No.

Both the Workers’ Compensation & Rehabilitation Act and the Fair Work Act provide legal protection so you cannot be sacked for lodging a compensation claim.

If you are sacked for lodging a claim related to your workplace injury, speak with your lawyer for further legal advice.

At the time of negotiations, we will advise you of your entitlements, including for components such as:

  • Pain & suffering
  • Loss of income
  • Future loss of income/earning capacity or risk
  • Medical treatment and expenses incurred
  • Future medical expenses
  • Loss of superannuation
  • Gratuitous care and assistance from family and friends
  • Paid commercial care and assistance
  • Retraining costs
  • Equipment and aids
  • Housing modification costs
  • Vehicle modification costs

Your damages are generally tax free.

Our firm operates on a No Win No Fee basis.

We also provide a free initial consultation which gives you the opportunity to discuss the merits of your case.

Our professional fees are not charged as a percentage of your damages. We only charge you for the work carried out.

Our fixed 35% cap on professional fees means more money in your hands.

The legislation imposes strict timeframes for lodging your claim.

The sooner you lodge a claim the better.

Your claim must be lodged within 9 months of your accident or within one month of consulting with us.

You have 3 years from the date of accident to commence a claim in the court.

Every claim is as different as the claimant lodging it.

Different factors may prolong or shorten the time it takes for you to receive your compensation. We will discuss the different factors that will impact the length of your claim.

The process will also depend on how quickly you recover from your injuries.

Every claim has the potential to reach a court hearing. Generally, however, approximately 98% of claims settle out of court.

Some claimants decide to initiate the process as self-represented litigants.

Personal injury compensation claims have complexities that if missed or misunderstood can affect the outcome of your claim.

Contact Corney & Lind Lawyers to discuss your claim and understand the complexities in detail.