long will a claim for personal injury take to settle?
accident claims can be settled within 12 months. Clinical negligence
claims usually involve more complex considerations and often take
longer to be resolved.
important factor is the doctor's prognosis. As part of damages is
paid to compensate you for pain, suffering and loss of amenity it
is crucial that, before settling the claim, your doctors could be
sure as to how well you would recover and how your future lifestyle
would be affected.
you are going to be left with permanent disabilities, these have
to be taken into account in the final award.
many cases it may be many months after the accident before your
doctors can advise with any degree of certainty as to how well
you would recover. A settlement ahead of an accurate prognosis might
lead to you being not fully compensated for your injuries.
Personal Injury cases can continue for several years but that does
not always mean that the claimant will have to wait until the end
of the case before they receive any money from the claim. In order
to avoid financial difficulties and/or to pay for necessary equipment
or care whilst waiting for the injuries to stabilize, your personal
injury solicitor might be able to obtain an Interim
Payment. This is an advance payment on account.