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Will I Receive Adequate Compensation Following My Car Accident?

Dear Brian,

I was involved in a car accident in March 2009 and my claim is due to go to trial in 3 months. My solicitors have obtained reports from a Rheumatologist and a Psychiatrist and the Defendants have obtained their own reports. I am concerned that my experts’ reports are shorter and less well argued and that the Defendants have chosen better experts. My solicitor is pressuring me to accept a very modest offer which I do not feel compensates me properly. Can you help me?



Dear Kate,

Fibromyalgia is a complex and often misunderstood condition. It is very important to instruct the correct lawyers and experts.

It sounds as if your claim is already very well developed as it is due to go to trial in 3 months. Unfortunately, the more developed a claim is, the more difficult it becomes for us to help you as the Court will be very unwilling to postpone the Trial. It is therefore very unlikely that we will be able to instruct new experts for you at this late stage.

In general, we always advise clients that the earlier they instruct us,  the more likely it is that we will able to achieve a good result for them.

If you do get a very poor result, it may be worth your asking us to consider whether you solicitors acted incompetently. If they did, you might be able to get more compensation that way.


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