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Making sure your personal injury claim goes smoothly

It’s natural to be nervous before your day in court.

These quick tips will help you prepare properly and reduce any stress/anxiety you might be feeling before the day of your personal injury court hearing.


This guide outlines general topics you should be thinking about if you want to make a personal injury claim in Northern Ireland. But it is not legal advice. If you need legal advice, you should contact a specialist personal solicitor for advice on your specific circumstances.

6 tips to make sure your personal injury court hearing goes smoothly

A personal injury court hearing is never going to be fun. But it doesn’t have to be as bad as people make it out to be. Here are 6 tips that will help you keep things under control on the day.  

Personal Injury Claim Court Hearing Tips
1. Prepare: before the hearing, set aside time to read any case notes or documents you have. Ask your solicitor if there is anything they think you should do to prepare for giving evidence.

2. Arrive early: on the morning of your hearing, arrive at the court early. Then you’ll have time to meet your legal team, ask questions and get settled in.

3. Stay in contact: bring your mobile phone so you can get in touch with your solicitor, and they can get in touch with you. You don’t want to keep the judge waiting to start your case while you are away tucking into a muffin in a local coffee shop.

4. Dress smartly: you wouldn’t turn up at a job interview wearing sports gear. A court appearance is no different.

5. Be patient: there is a lot of waiting and hanging around at court. Expect to be there for the whole day. There will be long periods of time when it feels like nothing is happening.

6. Don’t leave: if you need to leave for any reason, tell your solicitor where you are going. Efforts to settle the case will continue right up to the minutes before you go into the courtroom (and possibly during the hearing itself). You’ll need to be there to give your instructions on any settlement offer that might be made.
The above article is part of our guide on how to make a personal injury claim in Northern Ireland.

If you are thinking about making a personal injury claim, you should get in touch with a Northern Ireland personal injury solicitor who will help you assess the strength of your case.

If you have any questions, you are very welcome to get in touch.

All the best,

The Team @ Lightlaw
Every effort is made to keep this guide up to date. Although it is not to be regarded as legal advice, we strive to make sure the information is helpful, accurate and practical. If you are a Northern Ireland personal injury solicitor and have spotted an inaccuracy, you can submit a suggested change.
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