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When you suffer an injury due to someone else's negligence, making a personal injury compensation claim can help to alleviate the associated financial burden. This includes taking time off work during your recovery, and private medical treatment you need, and other related expenses. However, you may wonder how long a claim will take to settle, and how soon you will be able to access compensation.
In the UK, the law imposes a time limit on how long you have to bring a claim for personal injury. This is typically three years from the date of the accident or from the date when you first realised you were injured. While it is crucial to begin the legal proceedings within this period, the case does not have to be settled within this time frame, meaning that it can take much longer to receive any compensation. In some cases, you can secure compensation early to cover urgent costs, which means that the question of how long a personal injury claim takes is not always straightforward to answer.
At Ramsdens Solicitors, we understand the sensitivity of compensation claims following an injury. Through years of experience within the UK legal system, we aim to give you a clearer picture of the personal injury claims timeline. In the following blog post, we answer your questions and explain when you may be able to get a compensation payout after launching a claim.
Multiple factors contribute to the length of time it takes from initiating a claim to receiving compensation. Understanding these can provide some peace of mind during what can be an uncertain and stressful period:
It is impossible to state how long your personal injury claim will take at the outset, due to the wide range of factors that will apply to your individual situation. While each case is unique, we can provide general guidelines on timelines. Straightforward cases might settle within a few months, while complex cases could take years. Engaging with an experienced personal injury solicitor - such as those at Ramsdens Solicitors - will help you to minimise the factors that could lead your claim to take longer.
In some cases, we can advise you on how long your claim might take, but unexpected situations can arise that lead the processes to take longer. When we discuss your case with you, we will assess the likelihood of this happening and keep you informed the entire way through.
There are provisions in place for what are known as 'interim payments' - partial payments made before your claim is fully settled. These payments can be a financial lifeline if you're facing immediate hardships due to your injury.
Interim payments are portions of the expected compensation that can be requested during the claims process. They are designed to alleviate financial pressures by providing funds to cover urgent costs such as medical treatment, rehabilitation and living expenses, especially if you're unable to work.
To qualify for an interim payment, certain conditions must typically be met:
To claim interim compensation, your solicitor will submit a request to the defendant’s insurer or legal representative, outlining the need for the payment and its amount.
Interim payments can be made at various stages of the claim process, once liability has been established. The amount will depend on the specifics of your case, such as the expected final settlement and your current financial needs. It's also possible to receive multiple interim payments as your claim progresses.
It’s important to note that interim payments are not additional to your final settlement but rather an advance on the compensation you are expected to receive. Therefore, they will be deducted from the final amount awarded.
The process of making a personal injury claim is a multi-step journey that requires careful navigation and expertise. There are several points in this process where things can slow down, but your Ramsdens solicitor will make sure you understand what is going on at all times, and keep things moving towards a resolution. Here is a general guide to what you can expect from the claims process:
Throughout each of these steps, your solicitor will provide clear communication, compassionate support, and expert legal advice, to ensure you are informed and confident in the progress of your personal injury claim.
Having a dedicated and experienced solicitor by your side is essential if you want to make a successful compensation claim. At Ramsdens, we pride ourselves on our proactive approach to managing your claim. We have strong negotiation skills and a commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for you.
If you're dealing with the aftermath of a personal injury and need expert legal advice, contact us today. Our personal injury team is ready to provide you with a thorough consultation to start you on the path to a fair resolution. Call us today on 01484 821 500, or fill out an online contact form and we will be in touch at a time suitable for you.