Will I Have To Go To Court?
Personal Injury Claims Bradford lawyers often get asked by their claimant clients whether they will have to go to court when they make a claim. The first thing to remember is that very few claims actually make it as far as the court. In most cases claimants are advised on their prospects by their personal injury solicitors** when they take the case on and if strong will usually be settled out of court by way of negotiations between the two sets of solicitors**.
Settlements are encouraged by the courts and failure to settle prior to going to court could result in penalties being imposed, such as costs being awarded against the party that unreasonably refused to settle.
Personal Injury Claims – Attending Court
Cases will only go to Court if liability (i.e. whether the defendant is to blame and / or if the claimant is at least partially to blame) and / or quantum (i.e. the amount of compensation that should be awarded) cannot be agreed or negotiated between the parties. If the matter does end up in court our personal injury solicitors** will be best placed to advise you on what will happen. You should not be apprehensive about going to court because you are only going to be questioned on the facts of your case and your testimony, which will already be before the Court as your solicitor would have helped you to prepare a witness statement outlining what happened. Furthermore you will have a barrister representing who will be able to talk you through the court procedure and who will help you to structure your oral testimony.
If you would like to make a personal injury claim then please contact our personal injury solicitors** without delay and well within three years of the date of the accident that resulted in the injury. Personal Injury Claims Bradford lawyers will then work on your case on a no win no fee* basis, which will include negotiating a settlement on your behalf and advising you on whether you will have to go to court and how you should prepare for it.