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How Long Will My Claim Take?

The time between making a claim to settlement varies depending upon the complexity of the case. In some instances, where responsibility for the accident is admitted by a third party and injuries are not complex, settlement may be achieved within a very short period of time and even a matter of weeks.

Under the new Road Traffic Accident claim scheme for dealing with such cases, the Defendant has 15 days to respond to the claim to confirm whether liability is admitted or denied. Settlement in such cases can take place very quickly after medical evidence is obtained (see "What is the Procedure?").

In other more complex cases, a settlement may take much longer or the case might even have to be decided by a court. In such cases the claim can take a number of years to conclude although such cases are rare. Most claims nowadays are settled or concluded within 12 months.

In all but the rarest of cases, settlements are once-and-for-all matters so you will wish to be sure that you have fully recovered from your injuries or that you know what is the long-term prognosis for your recovery, and that there is no risk of a deterioration in your condition which has not been built in to the level of your damages. We can assist you in the interpretation of your medical reports.

In summary, it is a balance of not rushing into a settlement too quickly for fear of losing out on compensation for future symptoms, against not allowing the defendants to delay your payment unreasonably.

Simply complete the Free Legal Assessment Form and we will let you know if your claim is likely to succeed and how we can ensure that you are NOT one of the millions of people who miss out on their just entitlement to compensation.
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Testimonials
Mrs A was a cook at a large hospital, she was injured when she tripped on a piece of vinyl flooring which had become raised. She suffered a soft tissue knee injury that brought forward pre-existing arthritis by 3 years and she was awarded £4,300.00 within 9 months of instructing Cooks.
"I was kept informed at every step by my Solicitor. A First Class service."
Mrs A of Coventry

See how much your claim could be worth.

Examples of Compensation Awards for Injury Claims*
Serious Back Injury
£30,000
Wrist Injury
£3,000
Serious Neck Injury
£30,000
Serious Hand Injury
£10,000
Ankle Injury
£3,000
Serious Knee Injury
£20,000
Serious Head Injury
£50,000

*damages for loss of earnings and other losses and expenses are commonly paid in addition to the injury award and will vary in each case