Accidents are an unfortunate part of life. Most people will live out their years without being involved in a major incident, but, on average, all of us will be involved in an accident at some point. From slips, trips or falls, to injuries on the road, chances are something may lead to a compensation claim.
Will my accident claim be complex?
In most cases accident claims are fairly straightforward for victims. Once you have a suitable solicitor in place, they will take over proceedings for you and handle the complicated aspects of the case. Typically, you will only need to deal with them at the start and the end of the process, but they should keep you informed of progress regularly. Of course this does, however, come at a price, with your solicitor likely to demand a fee or a percentage of the eventual compensation pay out.
How long will my accident claim take?
There’s no concrete answer to this, but the length of most cases is determined by a variety of factors:
- Recovery – When injured, your claim will not start until you have fully recovered. It’s very difficult to start proceedings if the full extent of the damage is unknown. Much of your claim will also depend of the severity of injuries, which often has a bearing on loss of earnings.
- Liability – Essentially, if a party is clearly ‘in the wrong’ then proceedings can be speeded up. If the accused take responsibility then, usually, a case can be settled out of court with compensation sums to be decided privately. But, if there are other factors involved the process make be more time consuming.
- Settlement negotiations – The last part of the process is finalising a settlement. The speed of this varies from case to case and is open to much debate and negotiation. Typically, the level of liability and severity of the case dictate how long it should take to end the process.
There is no exact science to tell how long your case will take to be fully processed, with each case being distinctive. Proceedings take as long as is needed, but the whole process should be handled by your solicitor to keep the experience relatively stress-free.