Once we have gathered the evidence to support what you are claiming, we will try to negotiate with your opponents (or most probably their insurers) a settlement of your claim. Normally, we will do this before we issue (register) the claim in the Court. However, we may not be able to do this first. This may be because there are delaying factors and we have to register the claim with the Court because we are approaching the end of the limitation period (the period stated by law by the end of which you have to register your claim at the Court). Delaying factors might be: you came to us only towards the end of the limitation period (normally three years from the date of the accident), delays in gathering the supporting evidence, the injuries are more serious or your recovery is slow and, therefore, it is not yet possible to predict the final medical outcome and thus to advise as to the sum of compensation to which you are entitled.
We would advise you of the amount of compensation that we believe you are likely to get were you to present your case to a Judge in Court. We look at what Judges have been awarding in cases similar to yours, which will give us guidance. A Judge will follow a similar approach. So will your opponents. Once we have your permission, we will put the offer to your opponents and see what their response is. We will advise you on their response.