How Maelstrom Lawyers Is Changing No Win No Fee

When it was introduced “no win no fee” was ground breaking, earth shattering and revolutionary. For the first time lawyers were accessible to absolutely anybody and everybody and the best part was if the lawyer wasn’t successful there was no legal bill at the end of the day. In the early stages it was only the pioneering law firms that offered “contignency client agreements” (ie No Win No Fee) but these days its the norm. The next step forward was the cost protection, in cases where you legal bill was greater than the amount of money you were actually going to […]

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No Win No Fee. Not So Shiny & New.

No Win No Fee. Not So Shiny & New.

There was a time when no win no fee costs agreements (or as we call it “conditional legal costs agreements”) were actually a viable differentiator between legal firms. Because it meant injured everyday people would not be charged a cent if their lawyer failed to secure an offer from an insurer. Those firms that offered this unique fee structure captured a fair market share because it made the legal process accessible. Those that didn’t offer no win no fee fell by the wayside. It wasn’t long before every personal injury law firm offered no win no fee and it was actually […]

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The 5 Things You Must Do When Injured

The 5 Things You Must Do When Injured

To understand my tips (below) you need to first understand the back story. I once had a client come to me (before I set-up Maelstrom Lawyers) two (2) years and eleven (11) months after their single vehicle motor vehicle accident. They did not report the accident to the police because their best friend was driving the vehicle. They told the hospital they had been assaulted whilst out in town to explain the badly broken bones. Because they didn’t want their friend to get into trouble. The at-fault car was borrowed off the friends’s ex-partner’s sibling but it was registered to one of the parents. Identifying (a) who […]

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Saying What You Mean

Saying What You Mean

People need to be careful about how they express the impact their injuries have on their life. Because there is often a difference between what you mean and what you say. It might be acceptable to tell your mates that if it weren’t for your bung knee you would have captained the local A grade footy team but in the eyes of the law this statement is taken as fact and requires proving. If on closer examination it is revealed that you actually played for the B grade footy team and on the one occasion you got called up to the A grade team you missed […]

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MAY’S OPEN MIKE – Pain v Function

MAY’S OPEN MIKE – Pain v Function

Compulsory Third Party insurance companies salivate when they stumble upon medical records listing injuries or complaints that pre-date the accident they are being held accountable for. They see it as the perfect opportunity to off load all (or part of) the blame to someone else. But how successful are “pre-existing” injury arguments? In our experience – not very – but it requires a high level of skill and proper evidence gathering to properly prove your point. We have a string of successes in highly complex cases from proving a brain tumour was not a brain tumour (in defeating a “pre-existing” medical […]

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