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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."

    Esther Rantzen

    Maidstone car accident

    The most common injury sustained from a car accident is whiplash. If you have been involved in a Maidstone car accident, you may have sustained such an injury. In which case, you probably have lots of questions. One of the most frequently asked questions about whiplash is how long does the average whiplash claim take? If you are considering making a claim for compensation, you will find the following information valuable.

    General disclaimer – claim times vary from case-to-case

    Claim times vary from case-to-case. Some will take a few months, and some will take several months. The average length of time a whiplash claim takes is difficult to give an answer to because of the nature of the injury and the accident. Some cases may be clear-cut and some may need further investigation to ascertain the liability of your Maidstone car accident.

    Whiplash claim times – here’s an idea of what to expect

    Month 1: Your solicitor will gather all required information to put together a case, which will be used as the basis of your claim.

    Months 2 – 3: Your solicitor will organise a medical examination for you. This is a pivotal part of the claims process; it proves the extent of your injury.

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    Months 4 – 8: This is the length of time it usually takes to process a road traffic accident and a positive outcome if liability is accepted and the claim value is not contested.

    Months 8 – 12: This is the upper-end of a car accident claim. Your claim will stretch beyond 8 months if liability or claim value is contested. However, your claim can also stretch beyond 8 months for other reasons, such as slow communication from the other party.


    You can expect to have numerous communications with your solicitor during the early stages of your Maidstone car accident claim. But once you have attended your medical examination and your solicitor has everything they need, communication will only generally be made if it’s essential. It’s important to be realistic throughout the claims process and to be patient; getting worked up won’t help, and the process can’t be rushed.

    You can, of course, get in touch with your solicitor for an update whenever you like but if there is one, your solicitor will get in touch with you.

    It is your legal right to make a claim

    If you have been injured in a Maidstone car accident that wasn’t your fault, remember that it’s your legal right to make a claim. Kick-start the process today by discussing your case with the experienced and compassionate claims advisors at Accident Advice Helpline; call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 today.

    Date Published: 27th June 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with licence number 591058 and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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