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How long do different types of claim take?

There are many things that can affect the length of a claim, like the extent of your injuries or the type of injury or illness you’ve suffered.

We’ve broken down estimates of how long each could take as a very rough guide. It’s important to remember that every case depends on your individual circumstances.

Once your solicitor has completed their initial investigations into your case, they will be in a better position to advise you on how long the process is likely to take.

How long does a whiplash claim take?

For a personal injury claim like minor whiplash, for example, the process could be completed in about six months. But in more complex cases, such as claims involving a trip, slip or fall, it could take over a year to be settled.

The process could also be longer if the defendant disputes your claim. Other cases may need medical evidence, which could also lengthen the process.

How long does a work injury claim take?

It’s hard to say without all the details, but a general guideline for claiming for an accident at work would be between six and nine months. But if the injury is more severe, or there are legal complexities, it could take longer.

How long do medical negligence claims take?

The time it takes to settle a medical negligence claim is very difficult to say, as it can involve multiple factors and complex evidence and information. A rough estimate would be 18-26 months. Timeframes may be referenced in the legal documents you receive from your solicitor.

How long do I have to make a claim?

There are certain time limits and restrictions around taking legal action for personal injury and other types of compensation claims, so it’s important to act as soon as possible. The time limit for a making a personal injury claim is generally three years, so you may still be eligible to make a claim even if your accident took place a while ago.

Personal injury claims made because of negligence must keep to the three-year time limit. So, remember that to make a claim for compensation, you must have taken legal action inside three years of the accident taking place.

For compensation claims about medical negligence or industrial disease, the three-year time limit can be extended. This is because these cases are likely to be more complex and require medical reports and evidence, and it may be that symptoms don’t appear until a long time after what’s caused them.

At First4Lawyers we have lots of experience in dealing with compensation claims. If you choose to use our services, you can be safe in the knowledge that your case is in the hands of experts, whatever the circumstances and regardless of the type of claim you are making. We pride ourselves in only working with the best solicitors, who have an excellent reputation for bringing claims to the right conclusion as quickly as possible.

We can help guide you through the process, just give our friendly team a call on 0808 159 7655 from a landline or 0370 218 8668 from a mobile, or request a callback using the button at the top of the screen.