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.Open Claim Calculator
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.