One of the questions at the front of our customers’ minds is often “how long is my claim likely to take?” Unfortunately, we have no way of accurately predicting a specific length of time. What we can tell you is that this is not a quick process. Legal wheels can turn very slowly and each procedure requires extremely accurate attention to detail. The shortest amount of time you can hope for is two or three weeks, but the more complex a case becomes and the more money that is involved in achieving a resolution, the longer it can take – possibly a few months, but often even longer. Here at Accident Advice Helpline we seek to provide the most efficient service, so however long your case takes, please be assured that behind the scenes we are still working hard.
It is rare that any of the representatives involved in a personal injury claim will intentionally seek to lengthen the case. Even those acting on behalf of insurers, or those whose clients have been accused of negligence, have no vested interest in prolonging the lawsuit. Instead, there are many questions that are raised; these are important points that require comprehensive explanations before any agreement can be reached. They will need details of the accident — where it happened, the circumstances and what has led to the allegation of negligence. Furthermore, they will require proof, including official medical documentation, that the injury is without doubt directly related to the events which took place during the accident.
Next, the teams will sit down to discuss the financial implications and consider whether the amount requested is fair. If your claim is large, they will want to see justification for the amount, including evidence of how your finances have been reduced by the accident and whether you can justifiably claim to be out of pocket by such a figure.
Also, legal experts do not advise seeking a final claim for compensation until the full extent of your injuries is clear, or until you have made a complete recovery. If you have an ongoing disability or suffer chronic pain as a result of the accident, you will need to speak to your doctor and obtain a long-term prognosis. Your prognosis will then be assessed in relation to those of similar claimants in resolved cases in order to devise a final figure.
These steps may, of course, delay your compensation significantly. This is precisely why some customers begin to wonder “how long is my claim likely to take?”, but their purpose is twofold. Primarily, if you agree to a figure and settle a claim, it is final. You cannot go back at a later date and hope to claim more compensation to reflect your continued ill health. Secondly, without a long-term prognosis it is almost impossible for you or your legal team to estimate with any degree of accuracy exactly how your financial situation may suffer. You may be able to return to work within a short period of time doing your previous job. On the other hand, your injury may dictate a change of career or an extended and costly period of unemployment.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get started on your claim.
Date Published: October 8, 2013
Author: David Brown