You’ll normally need to make a claim for compensation within three years of your accident or injury occurring, although there are exceptions to this rule. But how long will a personal injury claim take to conclude? There’s no one answer to that question, as the timescale will vary depending on a range of factors.
Straightforward personal injury claims
A straightforward claim for a minor injury such as whiplash will usually take between 6-8 months to conclude, as the other party is given three months to respond once the claim has been initiated. Sometimes, claims can be pushed through much more quickly, but it’s worth bearing in mind that with some accidents the long-term effects of an injury may not be apparent for some time afterwards, so it is often best to take your time with any case.
Serious injury claims
Complex cases for serious personal injury such as a brain injury could take up to 2 years to conclude. This is because a number of medical experts have to be consulted, and the process for working out how much compensation will be awarded is much less straightforward, as you may need adjustments to your home or long-term care.
Claiming for compensation
The timescale for settlement depends on how much evidence is already present and how much needs to be obtained. It also depends on your injuries and the efficiency of the lawyer you are dealing with, as well as the lawyer acting for the other side. With more serious injuries, it’s often better to wait to ensure that the long-term consequences of your injury are apparent. In cases where the other side disputes the value of your claim or denies liability, court proceedings will usually commence, and this will extend the duration of your claim.
How we can help
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we’re personal injury compensation specialists, so we won’t waste your time and we’ll always provide you with a professional service. Because we’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), you know you can trust us and we’re recommended by our patron, Esther Rantzen, UK TV personality.
You won’t need to wait around to find out whether your claim is viable – we’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds, and our freephone advice line – 0800 689 0500 – is open 24/7, so you can call us for a confidential chat or with your questions at any time. We won’t charge the earth for our services either; that’s not what we’re about, and we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service. There’s no obligation to proceed with a claim if you call us, so what are you waiting for?