We know that contacting a solicitor about making a claim can be a big decision. In many cases something has happened – an accident or injury, mistreatment by a professional, a dispute over your employment – that you wish had never happened or would rather forget about. However, we know that for many people, contacting a solicitor about making a claim can be the first step towards recovery.
Here at Duffy & Co Solicitors, we have over 30 years’ legal experience working on cases including Personal Injury, Industrial Disease, Professional Negligence, Medical Negligence and Employment Law. We are a small firm which means that, should you decide to make a claim with us, you won’t be passed from solicitor to solicitor throughout your case, but that you will have the same, experienced solicitor working with you from day one right through to the settlement of your case.
We want to make the process as easy as possible, so we’re happy to come and see you for a free consultation at a time and a place that suits you – be that at home, at hospital or at our office. If you would like to discuss next steps and how to make a claim, please call us on 0114 244 9999 or complete our online form to arrange a free consultation.
How to make a claim – 6 step process
Once you have got in touch with us to discuss your potential claim, the next steps are:
- Free Consultation – We will arrange a free consultation either at our office or your home to discuss the merits of this case. This will include a decision on whether or not we believe that you are entitled to compensation in the eyes of the law.
- Funding – If we believe you do have a claim for compensation, we then need to decide on a funding agreement. Each case is unique, but generally speaking claims for Personal Injury, Medical Negligence, Professional Negligence and Industrial Disease are funded under a “No Win No Fee” (CFA) agreement. This means exactly what it says – there is no fee to pay unless your claim for compensation is successful. For Employment Law cases, these are generally funded under a fixed fee agreement.
- Gathering Evidence – Once funded has been agreed, we will start to gather evidence relating to your claim. This may include asking for your medical or employment records, as well as a statement from yourself detailing exactly what happened.
- Assessing the Damages – When all the necessary evidence has been ascertained, we will asses the value of your claim and let you know how much money we think you should receive as compensation.
- Letter of Claim – We will then send the person or party responsible for your claim (known as “the Defendant”) a letter, outlining what happened and why the defendant acted negligibly and is responsible. The Defendant then has 21 days to respond and then it can go one of two ways:
- Settlement out of court – This is the standard route and involves your solicitor and the Defendants solicitor meeting to negotiate how much compensation should be paid before coming to an agreement
- Going to court – In the unlikely event that the two sides are unable to agree on who is responsible and how much compensation should be paid, your case may go to court. We will talk you through this process and ensure you are comfortable with what this entails before the case goes to court
- Compensation – Once your case has been settled, you will receive your compensation within 14 – 28 days