What is a claim?
A claim is a legal demand for compensation, payment, or reimbursement.
The person making the claim is called the claimant, and the person receiving the claim is known as the respondent or defendant.
Why are claims important?
Claims allow people to seek compensation, payment or reimbursement for losses. For example, you might make a claim for compensation after being injured, if the injury was due to someone else's negligence. Or you might make a claim for payment if someone is refusing to pay you for work you did under contract.
The purpose of reimbursement is to pay the claimant a sum equal to the losses which they have incurred. Ideally, this means that they end up where they started - in the same position as if the loss had never happened in the first place.
Who should be concerned?
Claims could potentially concern anyone. Claims can be made between companies and businesses, between landlords and tenants, between employers and employees, and between members of the public. Anybody can bring a claim, and anyone might find themselves having to defend one.
What should you do?
If you want to make a claim then you should seek professional legal advice. A solicitor will help you to outline your options and your prospects of success.
On the other hand, if a claim has been issued against you, then you should seek professional legal advice in order to defend the claim properly.
How we work
Protolaw offer a professional, personal service to every client.
With most claims, we try to settle the matter out of court. Court proceedings can be stressful and costly. If a claim can be settled satisfactorily, this is almost always the best outcome.
However, we are fully prepared to take a claim to the courts. In that case, we ensure that our clients are fully informed about the procedure and processes involved.
Our clients should understand clearly what is going on with their case. It's our job to guide you through the law, speaking and writing clearly and precisely. We use legal terms when necessary, but we don't pile on the jargon.
It is important that you know how your case is progressing. We have regular meetings with our clients to discuss cases in person.
Our clients should be confident that their case is being handled diligently. With Protolaw, you will have a dedicated solicitor who will take care of your case, every step of the way and we will regularly keep you informed about costs. We are always on hand to help.
Visit our website for more information, or pick up the phone and we'll be happy to talk to you in confidence.