It is very unlikely that you will have to go to court for a full trial of your case.
The vast majority of personal injury claims, asbestos-related disease claims and medical negligence claims are dealt with by agreement without needing to involve the court at all. Even in cases where court proceedings need to be issued, many of them settle later on without going all the way to a full trial.
The idea of possibly needing to attend a court hearing shouldn’t put you off making a claim in the first place, because, whether it’s an asbestos claim, a road traffic accident claim or any other type of injury claim, the chances of your case ending up in court are slim.
In the very unlikely event that you do have to go to court for a full trial of your case, we will talk this through with you in detail and ensure that you feel comfortable about it in advance.
The situation is slightly different where a claim for compensation is being made on behalf of a child. In such cases, the child has to be represented by an adult, who is often one of their parents or carers. As the child is not legally capable of approving any agreement to settle their claim, the court must be asked to approve it on the child’s behalf. This is a protective measure to ensure that the level of the settlement is appropriate.
This will involve the child and their adult representative attending the court along with a member of our firm for a short and fairly informal hearing with a District Judge. This does not take place in a large court room, but in a small side room and usually only lasts a few minutes. There is no need to worry about this hearing as we will be there to guide you through it.