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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    How long does an accident claim take?


    If you have been online searching for an answer to the question “How long does an accident claim take?”, you may already know the answer – that no one can tell you with any degree of certainty. You might refine the question so that “How long does an accident claim take?” becomes “How long does a car accident claim take?”, for example, however you wouldn’t get anywhere nearer a definitive answer either way.

    So, how long does an accident claim take?

    The answer to this question can’t be given categorically, because it depends on the nature of the accident and the injuries you have sustained. If you file a claim for personal injury compensation for an accident for which you were not responsible, and you can prove that it was caused by another person’s negligence, then if they admit that the accident was their fault, the claim might be settled in three to six months from the date you filed it.

    You have three years from the date of an accident in which to file a claim, but the sooner you make one the sooner it will be settled. However, if you sustained severe injuries, you may not be able to make a claim immediately after the accident.

    A claim for severe injuries

    If your injuries are severe, it will take time to gather the expert medical evidence needed to present your claim. The defendant may also want to appoint medical experts to validate or nullify the evidence presented by your solicitor. You may be able to receive interim payments to stave off financial hardship if the case continues for some time.

    Your solicitor will probably not advise you to settle your claim until either you have made a full recovery from your injuries or you have been informed about the extent of your injuries and your chances of leading a full and active life again. If you are likely to need medical care for the rest of your life, for example, that will be factored into the amount of compensation that you will eventually receive.

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    If the defendant agrees to settle the claim out of court, your solicitor will advise you on whether to accept or reject any offer made. If the offer is too low, then your solicitor will advise you to take your claim to court. This process can then take years.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    If you need expert legal advice regarding any type of personal injury compensation claim, why not give us a ring at Accident Advice Helpline? We can advise on all aspects of a claim. It can be difficult to determine how long does an accident claim take but we will make sure we get the best result for you.

    Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Why not call us now to find out if and how we can help you? All our expert lawyers offer a no-win, no-fee* promise.

    Date Published: 14th September 2013

    Author: leva20

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