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Hello, this is Jim and welcome to JustAnswer.
Thank you for the question, I am reviewing the details now and I will aim to resolve it as quickly as possible for you.
A CRU certificate is required in every personal injury case. The claimant is a child but they will be assisted with the claim by their parent who is a litigation friend. The CRU certificate is either nil or it has a sum - if the claimant recovers money the insurer or compensator repays DWP from the compensation. You do need to reply to the letter of claim. If you do not then S&G will issue court proceedings against you. If you deny liability you need to say why and if there are any documents in your possession relevant to the claim you need to send those. If you admit liability then the issue of quantum will be the next step, i.e. how much to offer the claimant. The claimant being a child means the case may take longer as any damages agreed has to be agreed by the court too. If there is a laceration then they will claim for scarring. I am not sure why you reference a county claim form - as proceedings have yet to be issued at court unless I am mistaken. My view is that you do not reply with a liability decision yet. You should reply to them to say you will have a lawyer respond to them - a personal injury claim is very complex, more so when they involve a child. It would be in your interests to ask a law firm to defend the claim for you - you could do it yourself but in my experience you need a lawyer involved. Here are a few choices for you : 1. http://www.catalystlaw.co.uk2. http://www.garrattssolicitors.co.uk3. http://www.hempsons.co.uk
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