We’d all like to go through life without suffering an accident. Many people will indeed see out their years without being involved in a serious incident, but, on average, most of us will be involved in an accident at some point in our lives. Ranging from slips, trips and falls to injuries at work, chances are something will affect us and lead to a potential compensation claim.
How long will my accident claim take?
There is no clear answer to this. The fact is that every claim is unique and has to be treated as such. Typically the length of proceedings depends on a combination of major factors:
- Recovery time – If you are injured, chances are your claim will not start until you have fully recovered. It is impractical to push ahead with proceedings if you are not fully fit and the amount of time it takes you to recover can have a huge bearing on the case. The longer it takes to get back to normal, the longer your claim will take.
- Liability – Basically, if there is a party clearly ‘in the wrong’ then proceedings can be accelerated. If the accused immediately admits to being at fault then, usually, a case can be settled out of court with the compensation figure to be settled between them and your solicitor. However, if there are other factors to consider the process may be elongated.
- Complexity of injury – Typically, the more complex the injury, the longer the claim will take. For example, a slip, trip or fall that results in a leg break and fractures will take longer than one where an ankle sprain in the main concern. The extent of injury and the impact it has on the victim often has a huge bearing on the case and has to be assessed in great detail.
- Settlement negotiations – The final part of the process is negotiating a settlement. This can sometimes be complex, with differences between parties resulting in debate. This can vary massively from case to case, making it hard to put an exact time frame in place.
There is no exact science to predict how long your claim may take, with cases being unique. As a rule, proceedings will take as long as they take, but your solicitor should handle the whole process.