1 Concept Law | FAQ
The duration of a case is very subjective and depends entry on  the circumstances and facts of each individual case.  Once court proceedings are issued both parties are provided with a court timetable which stipulates when certain actions have to be done.  
Once legal proceedings are issued there is nothing to stop either party agreeing settlement before attending a final hearing.  In most cases this is the likely outcome.  However if the matter proceeds to trial you will have to attend in most cases to give evidence in support of your claim.
Under English Law, in most cases, the party that losses the case is usually the party who bears the costs of the other side as well as their own legal costs.  The risk therefore is a financial risk.
Civil litigation is the process in which one may bring a claim under the court procedure.  The term "litigation" is an act of bringing a law suit and the subsequent court hearing.
At CLS, the single most important aspect of a claim is our client. We pride ourselves in providing excellent client care and thrive on providing our clients with peace of mind that their claim is being dealt with professionally and most efficiently. We have trained professionals who are experienced and competent and they will make sure that making a claim through us couldn’t be safer or simpler.
There is no set time in which a case will conclude. Some cases last a couple of months, and others can take up to a year. The normal period is between 6-9 months, however it all depends on the circumstances of the individual case. The majority of our time is spent on writing and replying to letters. We ensure that we reply to all correspondence as quickly as possible, however delays can occur as third parties can take their time in replying.
At CLS we will always try to deal with your claim in the way that is most convenient to you. Very few claims for Personal Injury proceed to court. If there is no dispute with regard to who was at fault for the accident and the level of injuries received, then your claim is very likely to be settled outside of court. In some cases however, where there is a dispute, you may have to attend court and your solicitor will advise you fully about this.
This is an amount paid to you in partial settlement of your claim. When an interim payment is made, it doesn’t mean your claim has been fully settled. The third party will still deal with any outstanding parts of your claim.
It is very difficult to estimate how much money one is to receive without knowing the full circumstances of your accident. Each compensation claim is dealt with individually and on its own merits.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury in a motor accident, your compensation is set by a tariff introduced by the government in 2021.
Even though it is not essential, a medical record is helpful in pursuing your claim. There needs to be some form of medical evidence of the injuries you sustained and a visit to the doctor as soon as possible after the accident, would prove the extent of your injuries. We may then arrange for you to see a further medical expert to assess your injuries.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury in a motor accident, you are not entitled to receive compensation for those injuries unless you are examined by a medical expert.
Even if you are unsure about whether you can make a claim, please call us on 01282 700200. Our qualified solicitors will take further details from you and shall make an assessment whether you do have a claim. They will do this for free
3 years from the date of the accident. There are however a few exceptions to the rule. For example where a child has been involved in an accident the limitation period will run until their 21st birthday. For more information about the different time limits involved in making a claim please contact us.  

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