If you are considering making a claim for compensation following a personal injury, then you probably want to know how long the claims process will take. This is completely understandable, because you of course have a life to get on with.
The truth is that a reputable law firm can process some injury claims in as little as 6-8 weeks, providing that the case is straightforward. For example, if you tripped over a pothole on a public crossway and this was captured on CCTV, then your case will be clear-cut and the other side would have no reason to delay the claims process. Under the circumstances, it is likely that the other side would accept your claim within just two or three months.
However, a 6-8-week timeframe is not realistic for all claims. In fact, most accident claims take between 8-14 weeks to process. The reason being that significant investigation is often needed by your own lawyer to build a case. And also, the other side may be slow at processing claims. For example, some insurers are notoriously slow at processing claims, because they receive so many. So a lot does depend on the efficiency of the other side, and sometimes you and your lawyer will be at the mercy of the other side’s processes.
How can I get a more accurate estimation?
The only way to get a more accurate estimation for claim completion is to discuss the nuances of your case with a lawyer for injury or a claims advisor. A lawyer or claims advisor will be able to offer you a better estimate because they will take the time to understand your injury claim. They will quickly establish who your claim is likely to be against and based on the information provided, they will be able to give you a more accurate estimation.
However, it is always important to take estimations with a pinch of salt. They are, after all, just estimations. It is impossible for anybody to give you a true timeframe for claim completion because nobody truly knows for sure when your claim will be settled. All you or a lawyer can do is present the case and set out demands. These demands may be that providing the claim is accepted, that compensation is paid within a month. However, your lawyer or law firm may pay you directly if your case is accepted by the other side. They will simply recover their costs from the other side and await payment from the defendant. This can speed up the process for you, so be sure to ask about that when you make your claim.