If you’ve been unlucky enough to suffer an accident through no fault of your own, you may well be able to make a personal injury claim.
There are a number of things can put people off claiming, and one of the first is usually the cost of taking things down this legal road. Most Personal Injury Solicitors, like Accinet, operate a no win no fee service which means you don’t need to find that initial outlay and fees are normally paid out of the compensation once the case is won.
The second concern is often the amount of time it takes from making the initial personal injury claim and settling it. As for time scales, unfortunately, it’s quite difficult to put a fixed time on how long any one case may take as there may be a number of factors that affect this.
Factors Affecting a Personal Injury Claim
- The type of personal injury claim may well be a factor.
- There’s the issue of liability and who is responsible for the accident – it could be a single individual or a large corporation or organisation.
- Then there’s what evidence you have, the level injury and the extent of the damage that has been caused to you.
- How quickly the defendant replies to requests for information can also influence the amount of time it takes to settle a personal injury claim.
- If the defendant admits liability quickly, a claim can often be resolved in a short space of time. If they contest their liability, however, you may be in for a longer fight.
The Compensation Amount
If the defendant does admit liability but the offer of compensation they make is not enough, there can be further delays as the terms of settlement are argued back and forth. The team at Accinet will always advise you on whether they think an offer of compensation is a realistic amount or whether it is just an opening offer and it should be rejected to prompt further, more appropriate offers.
Another factor that can affect the amount you are likely to be awarded is the time it takes you to recover and any long term disability that may need to be taken into account. In these circumstances, it can take a considerable while before the true impact of your injury comes to light.
The more complex your claim, for example if it involves several defendants, the longer it is also likely to take. This may mean that interim payments will be made if some liability is confirmed early on.
Over the last few years, legislation has been introduced to streamline certain claim processes such as those involving road traffic accidents and those related to employer and public liability. This is focused on cases that are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 and you should expect to have these settled within a period of between four and nine months.
Some other claims can take much longer, often because of the bureaucracy involved. A medical negligence claim against a hospital or doctor, for example, could take as long as a few years.
If you’re dealing with an experienced personal injury solicitor, they should be able to give you a broad overview of how long your claim will take. You will need to understand, however, that any number of different circumstances can lead to delays.
That shouldn’t, of course, stop you from investigating the potential for making a claim in the first place. If you have been the victim of a personal injury because of the negligence of another person or organisation, it’s important that you get legal advice as soon as possible.