What will I have to do to make a claim? Will it take a lot of effort to make a claim? How much time will I have to spend if I make a claim?
We’ll be honest with you from the start – making a claim for compensation will require some time and effort from you as the client, but a good Personal Injury lawyer will keep this to a minimum. Also, you must keep in mind that the end result in terms of receiving medical treatment, recovering your financial losses and being compensated for your pain and suffering should make this time and effort worth it.
A client will have to speak with the Solicitor and review and approve documents and written advice prepared by the Solicitor throughout the claim (which is the reason it is important to establish a relationship with the Solicitor at the outset as this will make the process easier for you), but this should not take too much time and effort. The main times in the claim a client will be required to spend time dealing with the claim will be as follows:
The beginning of the claim:
This will involve reviewing the initial documents provided by the Solicitor, completing a questionnaire(s) to confirm the elements of the claim and providing documents in support of the claim;
The medical appointment:
As part of the claim it will be necessary to obtain a medical report [need link to answer below] detailing the injuries and this will require you to attend a medical appointment with an independent medical expert. Your Solicitor will arrange this appointment at a time and place that is convenient for you so the time and effort required from you will be kept to a minimum;
If court proceedings are issued:
It is likely that the claim will settle without the need for [court proceedings to be issued [need link to answer in Legal Questions section]. However, if court proceedings are necessary, you will be required to provide a Statement in support of the claim and, potentially, to attend a court hearing. The content of the Statement will be prepared by the Solicitor based on information provided by you throughout the claim. If a court hearing is required, this will be at your local court and your Solicitor will advise you fully about this at the time.
Therefore, as you can see, the process of making a claim will require some time and effort from you, but it is a streamlined process which your Solicitor will guide you through and keep the time and effort required from you to a minimum.
If you want to discuss in more detail what you will need to do to make a claim for compensation or about making a claim generally, call us on 061 749 9000 (or click here to request a call back [need a call us button]) for a free, without obligation chat.