Stage 8 – Start Formal Court Proceedings
Because of the nature of CRPS, and it’s painful and dramatic effect upon the life of the injured person, it is virtually certain that formal court proceedings will need to be started.
The main reason for this is that most Defendants fail to accept full responsibility for what has happened, and, even if they do, they fail to address the immediate needs of the CRPS sufferer by releasing money to ease their financial pressures and to pay for urgent private medical treatment.
Peter will therefore start a court case as soon as it is necessary to do so. This ensures that the Defendant will be called to account, and that no further time is lost.
It should, however, be stressed that starting a court case is not the same as appearing before a judge for a trial or final hearing. That only takes place at the very end of the court process if it has not been possible to reach a good out of court settlement whilst the court case is underway.
The vast majority of CRPS compensation claims are settled after court proceedings are started, but before a trial or final hearing takes place.
However, without the court process running in the background, it would not be possible to negotiate a good outcome.
For more information about the court process itself, please refer to CRPS Compensation: A Guide to the Court Process in the UK