For many years, claimants were forced to settle their claims during the negotiation stages in order to avoid having to enter into court proceedings. This was due to the fact that they could not afford the high costs involved in litigation and they could not afford to take the risk of paying the defender’s costs should the expenses be awarded against them. With such high risks in mind, they would be forced to take a substantially smaller sum for their injuries during the negotiation stages.
However, now with the new legislation in place, claimants are protected and therefore do not have to take such high risks. The new Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) Scotland Act 2018 introduced qualified one-way cost shifting. This therefore means that claimants will not be responsible for paying defender’s damages even if their claim is unsuccessful. Such approach will ensure higher settlement offers during the negotiation stages failing which claimants will be in a better position to enter into court proceedings. Thus allowing individuals to secure better and higher compensation for the injuries they have sustained.
Speaking to us will give you an idea of whether you have a valid claim. The legal team will generally discuss your case with you in great depth in order to develop a good understanding of what has actually happened and what injuries you have sustained. Such discussion will also allow your lawyer to establish how the injury has impacted your lifestyle and whether you have incurred any loss of earnings or additional costs as a result of it.
Having carefully considered your case, you solicitor will then be in a position to estimate how much compensation you should roughly receive.
Many people are often put off by the thought of how long their claim will take. The length of time is very much determined on individual circumstances surrounding your case.
Whilst some claims can be settled in less than a year, others can take up to a number of years. Factors such as disputes over the determination of liability, circumstances surrounding the accident, analysis of the evidence of the accident and the extent of the injuries sustained, all contribute towards the length of time.
It is best to be patient throughout the process to allow your lawyer to work towards obtaining the best compensation for you. Your lawyer will communicate with you to update you about the progress of your claim accordingly.
After your initial meeting with your lawyer and careful analysis of the evidence they obtain, they should be in a position to provide you with a rough estimate of how long a personal injury claim can take.
We have a proven track record of helping clients just like you to get the compensation they deserve. Our experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyers will work closely with you, carefully gathering and presenting all the necessary evidence, as well as negotiating with the other party’s insurers to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Our solicitors have a wealth of experience in handling a wide range of personal injury claims, including road traffic accidents, workplace accidents, slips, trips and falls, and medical negligence. We understand how traumatic and stressful a personal injury can be, and we will handle your claim with empathy, care, and professionalism.
Don’t wait, contact Jones Whyte today and let us help you get the compensation you deserve. Our solicitors will be happy to answer any questions you have and provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation.
When you choose to work with us, you can expect nothing but the best in client care. Our solicitors are dedicated to providing clarity and support throughout the entire process. By speaking with one of our personal injury solicitors, you’ll get a better understanding of your options and can make an informed decision about your next steps.
Don’t let misconceptions and concerns hold you back from getting the compensation you deserve. Contact Jones Whyte today and let our injury lawyers guide you toward a brighter future.