One of the most popular questions that is asked during a Personal injury claim is how long will my claim take/why is my claim taking this long?
Many people without a legal background and/or an understanding of legal procedure expect claims to run quickly, a couple of weeks maximum. But the reality is very different, even a ‘straight forward’ claim can take several months and ‘straight forward’ claims are few and far between. There is a lot more to a claim than most people expect, and something that on the surface may seem straight forward can become complicated very quickly.
In this article, I will discuss how long Personal Injury claims can take and provide you with tips on what you can do to help your case proceed as quickly and as smoothly as possible.
There are many good reasons why you might consider delaying bringing a claim for compensation after you have been involved in a car accident.
It is likely that your initial thoughts are going to revolve around any injury to yourself and any others in the vehicle with you. You will be seeking medical attention, not solicitors. Then, once the shock has passed your focus is likely to shift onto your recovery. You may be trying to anticipate how this injury will impact your daily life and what you can do to manage this. It can be months or even years before your thoughts turn to any potential claim that you may have.
In other instances, I have met with clients who have considered bringing a claim and decided against it initially but later gone on to change their minds when it has become apparent that their injury is far more severe than they first believed it to be.
Overall there is a multitude of reasons why you wouldn’t bring a claim immediately after suffering a road traffic accident. But how long can you delay?