The world of accident compensation is littered with rumours, half-truths and myths. Many people have heard a story or a ‘fact’ on the grapevine but few actually have the definitive answers. One typical myth surrounds the length of time claims can take. There is a school of thought that suggests claims can take forever, regardless of circumstance. This is far from true.
What factors affect how long my accidents at work claim will take?
The first thing to take into account is that you do not really want to settle your claim until you have either made a full recovery from the injuries at work or have a diagnosis from a medical professional detailing how your personal injuries will impact your life going forward.
The complexity and details of the claim can also determine how long the process can take. As a general rule of thumb, the more severe your injuries, the longer the process will take. This is because it will inevitably take longer to gather the medical evidence necessary to give your work accident claim the best chance of success.
How does liability and admitting responsibility affect the length of my accident claims process?
Basically, if the opponent (in the case of a work accident, this is likely to be your employer) admits full responsibility for the accident then your claim is likely to proceed quickly. However, if there are disputes over who is to blame for it then things will take longer. The final hurdle to overcome is the settlement negotiations where an agreed figure of work accident compensation is decided upon.
How can I help my work accident claim be completed as quickly as possible?
As is often the case in so many walks of life, thorough preparation is key to success. Having detailed medical reports, witness statements and analysis will help get your claim through the process quicker. All claims have a shelf life and need to be made within three years of the accident occurring – with a few notable exceptions, such as industry-related ill health and cases involving a minor.
Our team of legal experts at Accident Advice Helpline has the knowledge and experience to give your claim the best possible chance of success. They’ll be there every step of the way, from initial consultation to the final payout, on a no-win, no-fee basis.