The answer is different for every case as there are a number of factors which affect how long your claim will take.
Most cases take somewhere between six months and a few years. Sometimes the length of the case depends on the systems in place - our personal injury lawyers will ensure that your claim progresses efficiently, so that you receive compensation as soon as possible.
Some of the other factors which can affect how long your claim takes related to:-
- Disputes over who is to blame - if there is no agreement in relation to who is to blame for an accident or illness, it can take longer to obtain the necessary evidence and negotiate with the wrong doer.
- Medical evidence - in the majority of cases, we need to get a report from an independent medical expert about your injuries. It is important that we get the right expert for your case. Some experts have longer waiting lists than others, and some take longer to prepare reports than others.
- Severity of the injury - in general terms, if your injury is more severe then your claim is likely to take longer. We may need to get more than one medical report. If your injury prevents you from working then we would also need to consider what wage loss you have suffered, and may continue to suffer in the future. It is important to us that you are fully compensated for all your losses.
In Scotland, there is a protocol which lawyers follow in many personal injury claims. The protocol sets out the timescales within which we must progress these cases. One of the aims of the protocol is stated as "to enable parties to settle cases fairly and early". The protocol is designed to help lawyers progress cases towards settlement. It has resulted in reducing the time that many claims take.
Once we know the circumstances of your claim and the nature of your injury, we will be able to advise how long it is likely to take to resolve. Most importantly, at all times our personal injury lawyers will work to ensure your claim is handled efficiently and you receive your compensation as soon as possible.