There is no simple answer to this question. Some claims can take very little time to be settled but others may last for lengthy periods, especially if there are unique, unprecedented or contentious factors surrounding the case.
A simple case where the other side accepts responsibility and is willing to pay financially to compensate for your injuries can take anywhere from several days to a couple of weeks.
Some of the following issues may arise that could make your case last a little longer than you expected, but it won’t stop us doing our utmost to win you the compensation you deserve.
Other Side Not Accepting Responsibility
A requirement for a claim to be successful is for the blame to lie with another party. If you have suffered an injury or damage, whether it is physical or emotional, and it is the fault of another person or organisation, then you will be able to start a claim.
The process of claiming successfully hinges on the responsible party accepting that the accident was their fault however if for some reason the other side does not accept responsibility for your injuries then the burden of proof will be on us and your Personal Injury Case Manager to show that it is beyond doubt the fault of the other party.
We will go to vast lengths to prove that the fault of the accident is the actual responsible party to help you win your case.
Uninsured Responsible Party
If you’re in a car accident that wasn’t your fault – such as being driven into the back of by another driver – you’re eligible to claim compensation for any injury or damage you may experience as a result of the accident.
Unfortunately sometimes people drive without having all the legal requirements to do so. This could range from having no MOT, no car tax or no driving licence. Not having any of these requirements means that a person will be uninsured, as terms of car insurance require you to have a valid MOT, in-date car tax and not to mention a valid licence allowing the driver to operate a car.
If this is the case in your accident, we may have to draft in resources from external sources such as the Motor Insurers’ Bureau to combat the responsible party.
Case Goes to Court
Sometimes the only way to win your personal injury case is if we go to court and explain to magistrates the situation and circumstances behind the claim, which will convince them that our case is just, correct and legitimate.
We are experts at handling difficult situations like this, but in some instances you might also be required to come to court and give your version of events. Sometimes we might have to wait for a few months before we can appear in court to go over the case.
Unfortunately not every case is as straight forward as most car accident claims and cases could include the above points and more! The more complex a case is, the longer it will take to accumulate all the vital information and process it all.
Don’t get disheartened by this; the potential wait and timescale of processing your claim shouldn’t put you off wanting to get what’s yours, we will stick by you and give you all the support we can in the meantime.
You can call us at any time for our honest advice on what you should do. We only offer professional guidance to you, so you can rest assured that we are working and advising in your best interests throughout every point of the process.