The problem is that court proceedings have been issued. The court has said that I need to provide documents and witness statements by certain dates. I am worried that it is just too early to start doing these things before the medical evidence is complete, but the solicitors are advising me that under no circumstances am I to miss any court deadlines. Why?
The government felt it necessary to make sweeping changes to the way the courts deal with claims from April 2013. One of those changes is that the court will not tolerate any more delays in following their timetables in the vast majority of cases. Your solicitors are therefore protecting you by advising you to comply. A failure to do so could cause irreparable damage to your claim. In some circumstances, missing a deadline may mean that you do not receive any compensation!
You should not have to worry too much about unfinished medical evidence. Your solicitors can advise that the steps you are taking are based on the medical evidence that you have at the moment. Your solicitors can then ask the court for permission to provide updated information once the expert provides a final report.
This is quite a common way to deal with fibromyalgia claims where even the diagnosis can take time, let alone the time it takes to receive treatment and to work out the long-term situation.
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