Will I have to go to Court?
If you have suffered an injury as a result of negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. However, the process to obtain any compensation which may be due will differ depending on the type of injury and type of compensation being claimed, and you may be required to go to court in order to pursue a compensation claim. In order to determine whether or not you will have to go to court it is important that you speak to a personal injury solicitor** in Cardiff.
It is important to note that a large proportion of personal injury claims do not reach court. In most situations personal injury claims for compensation are settled out of court as a result of negotiation. This is usually to the advantage of all parties concerned; reduced legal costs, reduced timescales and the avoidance of the stress that comes with having to go to court.
However, in some cases, usually those which are more complex and involve more witnesses, experts and other involved parties, you may have to go to court. Instructing a solicitor** in Cardiff early on in the process can ensure that even if you do have to go to court the process will be as efficient as possible.
It may well be the case that one of the insurance parties does not agree with a particular version of events, or perhaps two important witnesses contradict each other in their witness statements.
If your solicitor** in Cardiff explains that you will have to go to court, they will also explain the various steps involved. Although these will differ depending on the particular facts of the case, in most situations both parties have to disclose all relevant documents to the other side.
The process of disclosing documents and the actual court hearing can take a considerable amount of time, and sometimes it is almost a year from the date of the claim that you will have to go to court; this is another reason why it is important to speak to a Cardiff solicitor** as soon as possible as any delay may lead to the process taking even longer.