At Wildings, our Personal Injury Solicitors have been helping clients with personal injury claims for over ten years.
Having helped innumerable people from all walks of life to secure the compensation they deserve, our team has become accustomed to answering the question that so many of our clients ask at the outset; how long will my personal injury claim take?
As is the case in most legal matters, there is no simple answer to this question. The length of time a personal injury claim takes is dependent upon a number of different factors and each case comes with its own set of unique circumstances and considerations.
In the following article, we will explain some of the factors that affect the length of time it takes to claim personal injury compensation.
What factors affect how long a claim takes?
As mentioned above, there are a variety of factors that affect how long a personal injury claim takes, below are three of the most common:
- The severity of the injury
- Whether or not responsibility is admitted
- How long it takes to collect evidence
The Severity of the Injury
The severity of the injuries sustained in an accident will affect how long a personal injury claim takes to conclude. The amount of compensation available will also depend on the severity of the injuries. Unfortunately for the victims of road traffic accidents, quick and full recoveries cannot always be made.
In certain circumstances, the victims of RTAs can be left with extremely severe injuries and on-going physical and psychological conditions. The amount of time it takes a person to recover from an injury will impact the value of the claim.
Serious accidents can have a huge impact on an individual’s life, this must be considered when claiming compensation as if a claim is settled too early, fair and appropriate compensation may not be received.
If responsibility, or ‘liability’ as it is often referred to, is admitted, this means that the other party involved with the incident has accepted fault for the events that led to an individual’s injuries. If the other party accepts responsibility, it can make the process of claiming personal injury compensation quicker as evidence will not need to be presented to prove that they are responsible.
The most common way that evidence is collected to support a personal injury claim is through a medical examination which Wildings Solicitors arrange on behalf of our clients. The purpose of a medical examination is to collect evidence to prove that the accident caused the client’s injuries.
After an assessment of your injuries is made, the medical expert will provide a prognosis as to how long it will take to fully recover. This will give the client an idea of how long it will take until their health is back to the pre-injury level, and can be used as an indicator of when the personal injury claim could be settled.
At Wildings Solicitors, our Personal Injury Solicitors will take every step available to ensure that however long your personal injury claim takes, the process is as straightforward and stress-free as possible.
If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, our team could help you get the personal injury compensation you deserve.