Generally speaking the more complex your injuries the longer a compensation claim is likely to take to settle, due in part to the need to ensure your long term needs are fully understood and compensation fully covers them.
Other factors, such as disputed liability, will also delay settlement of a claim for damages. Liability is, essentially, admitting being at fault. If the person who caused your accident will accept that it was their actions that led to your injury, it makes the claims process simpler. If they are denying being the cause of the accident, we will need to work with you, and our experts, to prove that they are not telling the truth.
Serious injury claims usually take at least a year to settle but the process often takes several years.
In a case where liability is accepted there is still likely to be the need for medical assessments by one or more experts. They will need to assess the physical and psychological impacts of your injuries, to what extent the opponent was responsible for your situation and what future needs you may have.
In some cases treatment needs to be tried and outcomes assessed to understand the full extent of your claim.
It’s vital to go through this process thoroughly to ensure that when a settlement is agreed it considers everything that you may need. It is usual for settlements to be made on a ‘full and final’ basis, meaning no further claim can be made for the same injury. Therefore your need must not be underestimated otherwise you could be under-compensated.
Interim payments may be possible to help with medical and living costs whilst a settlement is negotiated.