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Small claims court

Small claims courts are part of the County Court and their purpose is to provide a simple and inexpensive way for small civil cases to be brought to court without the litigant incurring large legal bills which might well exceed the amount being claimed.

The paries involved present their case personally before a judge and the normal County Court procedures are simplified and streamlined to facilitate a speedy resolution of the dispute.

The limit for cases brought in the Small Claims Court has risen over the years and now stands at £5,000. It is used most often for matters such as debts, goods not supplied, faulty goods/poor workmanship or landlord and tenant disputes.

This court procedure can also be used to bring claims for damages/compensation following personal injury but because of the potential complexity of these claims the £5,000 limit is lowered. The Small Claims Court can only be used where the amount of compensation is not expected to exceed £1,000 which means that only relatively minor injuries could be dealt with.

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Accident in Supermarket
Mrs H was shopping for a small fold out table in a Supermarket. She reached to take one when the stack collapsed falling onto her right foot. X-rays to her foot showed no fracture but she was still forced to use crutches for a few weeks afterwards.

Within 6 months of being instructed Cooks had obtained a settlement offer of £2,000.00 which Mrs H was delighted to accept. She said
"My Granddaughter found your website and recommended you to me. Thank you for all your efforts for my accident claim, I appreciate your kindness. I received my cheque today and will be taking my grandchildren away on holiday with the money you recovered for me"
Mrs H from Devon

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Examples of Compensation Awards for Injury Claims*
Serious Back Injury
Wrist Injury
Serious Neck Injury
Serious Hand Injury
Ankle Injury
Serious Knee Injury
Serious Head Injury

*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