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Do Slater Heelis take on personal injury claims from across the UK?

November 29, 2017, By

Yes, we are full-service law firm providing expert legal advice and support across the whole of the UK. Nonetheless, we are proud of our local beginnings and still hold offices in central Manchester, Sale, and Timperley. As a result, our suburban offices are highly successful in dealing with claims from the local populace of Altrincham, Chorlton, Stretford, Urmston, and – of course – Sale and Timperley. If you live in any of these areas and would like a leading solicitor with an in-depth understanding of the local area and its communities to help you with an injury claim, then please contact us today.

However, regardless of whether you’re local to our offices or on the opposite side of the UK, we treat every claim with the same high-level of care, empathy, and expertise to help you after an accident.

When is litigation required?

August 25, 2017, By

Generally speaking, judges will now expect any disputing parties to have considered or tried alternative forms of dispute resolution before taking a case to court. This extends from large corporate law suits to domestic matters. However, in situations where alternative dispute resolution did not work, or where one party refuses to negotiate, or where a party is looking to make a public statement (ADR is a confidential, private process), then litigation may be the only way forward.

How long does a dispute take to settle?

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The length of time that it takes to resolve a dispute is difficult to predict as it depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of the issues involved, whether the parties decide to litigate, and the willingness of each party to negotiate and/or settle. As such, it’s important to seek expert legal advice as early as possible when disputes arise. In fact, attaining legal advice earlier in a dispute can often save time and money in the long term by resolving issues well before they reach an impasse.

What is alternative dispute resolution?

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Litigation is often an expensive process for all parties involved. As such, alternative dispute resolution methods, such as arbitration and mediation, look to resolve legal conflicts and disputes without necessarily needing to resort to a court case. This can be effective for allowing the parties involved to fully air their grievances with one another and work towards an agreeable solution.

What is litigation?

August 24, 2017, By

In litigation, two disputing parties present their case in a court of law, with the judge or jury hearing the case responsible for evaluating the arguments of both sides before making a ruling.

Is my personal injury claim likely to go to court?

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Our personal injury solicitors strive to ensure that claims are settled favourably and amicably out-of-court. In the majority of cases, claims are resolved well before court proceedings. However, there are still some situations which require court proceedings, such as if the defendants dispute your claim, reject responsibility, or do not respond to the claim.

Nonetheless, if a claim does go to court, our solicitors will thoroughly prepare and support you for the processes involved.

How long does a claim take?

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The length of time it takes to resolve a personal injury case largely depends on the specific aspects of the case. Larger claims, such as industrial or medical negligence, will typically take much longer than a road traffic accident. In our experience, smaller claims can take anywhere between 3-9 months, whilst larger claims can take up to three years depending on the severity and profile of the case.

Is there a time limit for making a personal injury claim?

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Yes, there are time limits for making personal injury claims. In most cases, the time limit is three years from the date of the injury, but it can also be three years from the date a claimant knew that they were injured or unwell as a result of negligence. As such, it’s important that you contact a solicitor as soon as you can if you are considering legal action.

How much compensation am I entitled to?

August 23, 2017, By

The amount of compensation you are entitled to will vary depending on the severity and type of the injury you have suffered. After examination by a medical professional, we are able to determine the likely impact of the injuries on your life and provide a suitable valuation for compensation. There are many factors which can influence this valuation, such as the ability to work, long term effects, damage to property, and so on.