How long will my personal injury claim take?
One of the most commonly asked questions here at MG Legal and one of the most difficult to answer without reviewing your case on an individual basis. Much depends on the fault party and how they deal with the claim at their end.
The shortest time that a fault party has to provide an initial indication on liability is 21 days in the case of a Road Traffic Accident, although most claims, including Road Traffic Accidents, have a second, longer, requirement under the Pre-Action Protocols (the Laws that govern how these claims are handled) for the fault party to respond in full regarding liability within three months of the Claim being presented. The exceptions to this rule are Medical Negligence cases where four months is permitted and incidents which happen abroad which have an investigation period of six months. The shortest time in which personal injury compensation solicitors settled a claim for one of our injured clients, was 14 days- and that included the client receiving their compensation.
From there, much depends on whether liability is admitted, if your medical evidence can be completed swiftly (usually dependent on how serious your injuries are) and whether reasonable settlement proposals are made by the fault party to settle your claim. There are many factors which make some claims quicker to settle than other.
On average, it takes nine months from start to finish on any given case, although of course we will do everything we can to get your case to the right conclusion as quickly as we can.