When the time comes to negotiate the settlement of a compensation claim, be it a motor accident claim, public liability claim, medical negligence claim, or work injury damages claim, the value of a well-written and detailed Assessment of Damages cannot be underestimated.

In preparation for a settlement conference, your solicitor at Stacks Goudkamp will prepare a detailed document called an “Assessment of Damages”. This document sets out all of the evidence, and makes detailed submissions about what you are entitled to claim.

It’s important to go through all of the evidence in detail when calculating the value of a claim. Insurance companies won’t just “take your word for it” – if you can’t prove it, they won’t pay it!

When confronted with a reasonable Assessment of Damages, which makes reference to evidence, insurance companies can be left with no doubt about the strength of our client’s cases. It has been our experience that this often facilitates highly productive settlement conferences. It also assists our clients to understand what they are entitled to claim in compensation.

It’s a time consuming process but one which is well worth the trouble. Some of our Assessments of Damages have been known to be over 100 pages long!

Preparing an Assessment of Damages involves reviewing all of the medical evidence, especially the evidence obtained from independent medico-legal specialists, and extracting quotes from their evidence to leave absolutely no doubt about the impact that the accident has had on your life.

Preparation is key, and preparing a detailed Assessment of Damages will put you in the strongest possible position in your negotiations with the insurance company.

One of the keys to success in a successful compensation case is a well prepared Assessment of Damages. At Stacks Goudkamp, our friendly team of experts will be able to assist you in bringing forth a successful claim, including preparing a detailed Assessment of Damages. To arrange a free, no obligation assessment of your claim, please call Stacks Goudkamp on 1800 25 1800, or make an online enquiry.

Written by Brett Watts.

Brett Watts is a Solicitor in Tom Goudkamp and Ruth Hudson’s Practice Group.  Brett represents people who have been injured in a variety of accidents including motor vehicle claims and public liability claims.