Do you need to settle a personal injury claim? Are you put off or concerned by the length of time you think it might take? Accident Advice Helpline can help. We have over 16 years’ experience in processing personal injury claims. We know exactly what it takes for a successful outcome. Whether you’ve had an accident at work, a crash on the road or been injured on holiday, we are here to help.
I’m looking to settle a personal injury claim, how long is it likely to take?
The length of time needed to settle a personal injury claim depends on a number of factors. When it comes to personal injury claims, there are two key factors that need to be established. They are:
- Liability: Who is at fault for the accident occurring
- Medical evidence: Proof from a medical professional that the subsequent injuries were caused by the accident and the extent of their damage.
In most cases, personal injury claims need to be started within three years of the accident taking place. There are a few exceptions to this rule, notably:
- Industrial ill health: Complications caused in later life as a result of, for example, working with asbestos in previous years.
- The accident victim was under age at the time of the incident.
For the claim process itself, it can be very difficult to predict a length of time for it to take. In the most straightforward cases – where liability is quickly established and not argued and the medical diagnosis is straightforward – it may only be a few months.
However, injuries such as those arising from road traffic accidents tend to be serious, with lengthy recovery and rehabilitation times. This means it may well be months before the extent and impact of your injuries are known. Attempting to settle before this is established runs the risk of missing out on the full value of the compensation you deserve.
Then there’s the issue of liability. If the other party refuses to accept responsibility, or argues over where the blame lies, then the process will take longer.
Making a claim
Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Our friendly advisors will be able to provide you will all the information you need to make a claim. You can also take our 30-second online test to determine the weight of your claim.
Date Published: March 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice