Negotiation and out-of-court settlement


Most personal injury claims and many clinical negligence claims settle out of court. Before settling a claim it is necessary to determine that the medical report and prognosis given by the expert doctor is correct and clear, as the compensation offered in settlement is usually a onetime offer, and should the prognosis turn out to be incorrect, it is unlikely to be possible to obtain further compensation at a later date.

As well as negotiating a settlement with the defendant, there are other types of alternative dispute resolution that can be used in personal injury cases. These vary in cost and procedure but will invariably be cheaper than going to court and involve less stress and worry for those involved. In the negative, alternative dispute resolution procedures are sometimes not binding on the parties involved and can mean lower compensation is given than would be if the parties went to court.

Negotiation is a highly developed skill and use of an experienced personal injury solicitor is highly recommended in order that the best compensatory offer will be made by the defendant.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on the law relating to negotiation or out of court settlement or advice about alternative dispute resolution in personal injury cases, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist personal injury solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local personal injury solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web form above.

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