Starting a compensation claim
The first step any of the injury solicitors in Sunderland will take when you start a personal injury claim is to send a claim letter to the defendant. This is the person against whom you are making a claim – in the legal arena you are classed as the claimant. The letter will give the defendant details of the injury you suffered and the circumstances in which it took place. At the same time your solicitor may arrange for you to see a chosen medical professional to gauge the extent of your injuries and the time it may take you to recover.
The defendant is then given a specific time in which to reply to the letter. In their reply they must say whether they agree that they are responsible for your injuries or not. If they agree that they are then the injury solicitors in Sunderland will be able to settle the matter out of court.
Injury solicitors in Sunderland: Making you an offer
Your injury solicitors will give you an idea of how much they think your claim could be worth. They will also ask what figure you are happy to accept as payment. If the defendant is happy to pay that figure then there is no need for the case to go to court.
Settlements made in court
If you cannot make an agreement out of court the injury solicitors may advise you to take legal action and have a judge make the final decision. This will be the usual case if the defendant does not agree that they have any responsibility.
Going to court
If you and your injury solicitors in Sunderland, or anywhere else in the UK, decide to take the matter to court, your case will then be passed into the hands of a judge. You and your solicitor will then wait for the judge to inform you both of the court date. No one likes the thought of going to court but in this case your solicitor will do all the work and all the talking; you are just there to find out what the verdict is going to be. Although it may be a daunting prospect you have to go through the process to finalise your case, and if your solicitor is happy that you have a case to win then it will be worth it in the end.Open Claim Calculator
If you have any questions about personal injury claims or choosing one of the injury solicitors in Sunderland why not call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
There is someone available to answer your call 24-hours a day seven days a week and they will give you no obligation advice based on over 14 years experience in the field. Many of the claims can be handled entirely via the telephone so there is no need for you to arrange a face to face meeting with anyone. This is why you’re not restricted to a local solicitor, you have the choice of the expertise of anyone in the UK.
Call today and find out what your chances are of making a successful claim.