If you want to take legal action to claim compensation for a personal injury, you will need to get advice from a personal injury attorney specializing in these types of cases.
There are different costs associated with each of these legal actions.
If the case goes to court
If the case goes to court you could face a fine, up to 2 years’ imprisonment and/or a maximum fine of 20,000.
If you lose a case
If you lose a case your costs could be substantial. These could include compensation for lost earnings, rehabilitation costs and disbursements of money that you would have spent on your legal costs. There is no limit on compensation if you lose in court. If you win a case You can claim compensation if your case is won in court. However, this can be costly and time-consuming, especially if you are claiming for pain and suffering. Depending on your circumstances you may also have to compensate your injuries from the time of the incident, up to one year after the incident.
If you lose a case, do you have to pay for any expenses you incurred for the sake of being successful in court?
Yes. You are obliged to pay for the court costs for losing a case. For example, if the defendant is charged with an offence but you lose your case, you will have to pay the defendant’s court costs. The amount of the costs will be determined by the court’s rules and regulations. You are also responsible for any expenses relating to the court case that you incur (and which were not the defendant’s fault). These may include: postage and handling costs, postage costs for a copy of a judgement, and postage costs for a list of evidence which may be introduced into evidence (such as the receipts for the defendant’s gas bills).
You do not have to pay these costs unless you can prove that they are clearly unreasonable. If you do not pay these costs, the judge can order you to pay them, including the costs of the Crown Law Fees Review.