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Personal injury litigation

Some people who have suffered personal injury caused by another party are nervous about claiming compensation because they are worried about having to go to court or the possibilty of incurring high legal costs in their attempt to claim.

This should not be a concern since most claims are settled out of court and furthermore, in recent years, the following measures have been taken which facilitate injured parties pursuing genuine claims for compensation for their injuries :-

NO WIN NO FEE

This came into effect after the withdrawal of the Government Legal Aid scheme for personal injury claims in 1998. The "No Win No Fee" system means that the claimant's solicitor does not charge a fee for his services unless the case is won in which case the fee is recovered from the other party.

Care should be taken in selecting solicitor who operates on a genuine "No Win No Fee" basis as some solicitors may deduct a proportion of the damages or some claims management companies may charge a fee.

THE WOOLF REFORMS

Another helpful development resulted from the Woolf Report in 1999. Following the report, rules were introduced to streamline and speed up the processing of claims, reduce the cost of litigation and avoid unnecessary litigation.

The solicitors involved must now observe a "Pre Action Protocol" which governs how claims should be handled before commencing litigation. Litigation must not be commenced without good cause and solicitors falling foul of this may face penalties.

If you feel that you may be entitled to compensation for personal injury please complete our Application Form and we will provide a free legal assessment of your case. Your claim will be handled on a "No Win No Fee" basis at no cost to you.

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Testimonials
Pedestrian run over by car
Mrs K was knocked over by a car that mounted the pavement, fracturing her tibia. Following extensive medical investigations organised by Cooks, it transpired that the accident brought forward the need for a knee replacement operation in the next 5-10 years. Cooks settled Mrs K’s claim for £28,750.00 she said:
"I am very pleased with the service I have received and would recommend Cookss to my friends. My claim was handled in a very professional manner and I was kept informed of it’s progress. Everyone I met or spoke to was helpful and considerate and I felt confident in their abilities. This was important to me at the time of my accident and later."
Mrs K from Streetly

See how much your claim could be worth.

Examples of Compensation Awards for Injury Claims*
Serious Back Injury
£30,000
Wrist Injury
£3,000
Serious Neck Injury
£30,000
Serious Hand Injury
£10,000
Ankle Injury
£3,000
Serious Knee Injury
£20,000
Serious Head Injury
£50,000

*damages for loss of earnings and other losses and expenses are commonly paid in addition to the injury award and will vary in each case