People who are involved in personal injury compensation claims frequently ask solicitors ‘How long does it take to get compensation?’ Unfortunately there is no answer to this as it is virtually impossible to predict how long it will take.
How long does it take to get compensation if the other person admits responsibility?
If the other person admits that they are to blame for your accident and so your injury, then the process will be relatively short and should take between three and six months. The only problem with this is that you may not be offered a reasonable sum in compensation and you might decide to take the matter to court. This can take a year or more.
How long does it take to get compensation after an accident?
When you go to a personal injury or accident solicitor you will be asked to provide information about your accident, such as:
- The date and time of your accident
- The location
- The weather conditions and quality of light (if it was a road accident)
- Names and contact details of witnesses to the accident
- Details of the medical treatment you received and
- When the doctor thinks you will be fully recovered or what his or her prognosis is.
Your solicitor will then make a case and inform the person responsible in writing that you are filing a personal injury claim. They have ninety days, usually, in which to reply.
However, your solicitor will advise you not to proceed with any claim until you are fully recovered or until your doctor can say what future medical treatment and care you may need. This is because if your injuries are severe, you may need care for the rest of your life, and compensation needs to cover the cost of this plus loss of earnings, both past and future. Compensation will also cover the loss of quality of life and the pain, distress and suffering caused by your injuries. This is why the question, ‘How long does it take to get compensation?’ cannot be answered.
Ask Accident Advice Helpline, ‘How long does it take to get compensation?’
We at Accident Advice Helpline have been in the personal injury compensation claims sector for more than 15 years and we have heard the question, ‘How long does it take to get compensation?’ many times. Unfortunately we can only give you an estimate of the time it may take. If you have life-changing injuries, then the case will probably take several years.
However, if you need expert legal advice regarding a claim, finding a solicitor and so on, we can advise you. We are a law firm that works with a team of specialist solicitors who are well-versed in all types of personal injury compensation claims. You can visit our website initially to find out more about us, and then you may wish to call us on one of our helpline numbers.
Call us at any time free on 0800 689 0500 on a landline or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. Why not call us now for expert legal advice?
Date Published: 14th September 2013
Category: Personal injury claims