If the parties can’t agree on who is to blame for the accident, or if it isn’t settled before the third anniversary of the accident, Court proceedings will need to be started.
Initially, this may cause some delay, as the Courts are extremely busy and it can take some time to get an initial hearing in the Court timetable. However, once there is a timetable in place, the parties are under a duty to stick to those deadlines and it’s unusual for the timetable to be extended. This provides some certainty as to when the claim will finish (although settlement will always hopefully be achieved before the case goes to Trial).
Your Personal Injury Solicitor will often need to seek your instructions before progressing your claim and if there is a delay in hearing back from you, this can cause delays in your settlement.
We use email and phone wherever possible, and if you always respond promptly to us, that will save valuable time. We also rely on the information you provide us about your financial losses (i.e. loss of earnings) to reach a financial value of your claim. If you keep lists of your losses, receipts and any other documentary evidence, this makes it easier and quicker for us to work out the value of your claim and negotiate a settlement.
As you can see, there are several variables in working out how long a personal injury claim will take to settle and they can’t all be predicted at the start of a claim.
However, our Personal Injury Solicitors always endeavour to work efficiently and proactively to get every claim settled quickly, but most importantly, at the right time, to get the best possible results for our clients.