How long a personal injury claim will take depends on two factors, the nature of the accident and the level of injury.
Claims are made up of two separate parts, liability i.e. is there someone to blame successfully for the accident and quantum, the value of the claim.
In order to receive damages it is necessary to establish that someone else is liable for your accident. In road traffic accidents this is generally quite straight forward and in most cases liability can be established quite quickly. Road traffic accident claims worth less than £10,000 are dealt with on an electronic system where once the claim is submitted the other side only have 15 business days to respond on the issue of liability.
In straight forward road traffic accident claims liability can be sorted out within a matter of weeks. If the injuries are not too serious then medical evidence can be obtained quickly and the whole claim dealt with from start to finish in two to three months, sometimes even quicker!
With accidents at work, accidents in public places and road traffic accidents that are not suitable for the electronic system liability can take much longer to resolve. Once the claim is put in the other side will have three months to investigate and then say whether or not they are accepting liability. If liability is accepted within the three months and the injuries are not too serious then these types of claims can be settled in four to six months.
The claims that take the longest are those involving serious injury or where liability is denied by the other side.
Where injuries are serious it might take a long time before a position is reached where it is possible to decide what the long term consequences of the client’s injuries might be. The claim cannot be settled until it is possible to assess the long term consequences of the injury and this can take many months.
Even in cases where the injuries are not too serious if the other side deny liability then the claim can take a long time to resolve. Sometimes in these types of cases it may be necessary to commence court proceedings and even go all the way to a trial. This can take many months and even longer if the injuries are also severe.
There is no simple answer to how long a personal injury claim will take but if you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault call Wanstalls and we will give you the best indication of how long your claim is likely to take that we can.
At Wanstalls we will always try to deal with your claim as quickly as possible but sometimes it is important not to sacrifice getting the right level of damages in favour of a speedy settlement of the claim.
If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault why not give Wanstalls a call. We will advise you on all aspects of your potential claim so that you can decide if you wish us to pursue the clam on your behalf. There is no charge for advising on your potential claim and no obligation. You have nothing to lose by giving us a call!