You will have already rung the Insurance Commission (I.C.W.A.) and advised them of the accident.
You telephone us and we take preliminary details from you and make an appointment for you to see us.
At the first appointment we discuss all the details of the collision, your treatment and work and obtain your authority to work for you.
We advise the Insurance Commission that we are representing you and that they must now contact only us.
We obtain evidence from your doctors and evidence about any claim for loss of income.
We continue to see you approximately every 3 months for updates on your progress.
We begin legal proceedings to ensure your claim is protected from legal time limits.
When your injuries have stabilised to a predictable level we take a detailed statement from you to summarise what has happened since the accident (we also start summarising the evidence that we have been gathering).
We then set out the things we will be claiming and calculate the value of your claim.
The Insurance Commission or its Solicitors will complete documents to tell the Court which parts of the claim they agree with and which parts they disagree with.
Within 4 months of the Defence we must arrange an Informal Conference or a Pre-Trial Conference (where we try to mediate a successful settlement with the Insurance Commission’s Solicitors) or tell the Court why we need more time.
The Informal or Pre-Trial Conference is an opportunity to try to settle the claim by negotiation. If successful then the claim is finalised. Around 95% of claims are settled now.
If unsuccessful, then a date is set where the parties will meet to arrange a date for a trial.
We contact and speak to all witnesses and take statements from them so that they may give evidence in Court.
The trial takes place and all witnesses provide evidence and are questioned by us and the Insurance Commission’s Solicitors. The Judge then makes their decision.