How Long Does It Take To Make A Claim?

This is a hugely important question that many compensation claims companies just seem to gloss over. It always makes me suspicious if I see this question on a website and they’ve given an extremely vague answer, such as ‘We do our best to make sure your claim is handled as quickly as possible’.

If you’ve never made a work accident compensation claim, or in fact any kind of compensation claim before, then you might breeze past this answer. But in fact, it’s a very common question and one which is usually skipped over.

What a lot of compensation companies and personal injury lawyers don’t tell you is that it could literally take you years to see any money, even if you’re prompt with handing over all the necessary information required at the various stages of the process.

Let me tell you this: the lawyers on the other side of your claim will do their best to drag it out and leave you hanging, partially in the hope that you’ll give up. If they can’t make you give up, they will often try to convince you to split the money so you will avoid going to court. There is no right or wrong here, but if you intend to battle for your full payment, you should be aware that it can end up being very expensive to follow through with court unless your lawyer recommends it. On the other hand, the other side won’t want to lose either, so you can play a game of bluffs.

What kind of time period should I expect?

A good lawyer will advise that it can easily take a year, often much longer with delays. It’s important to realise that it’s one just a phone call with a personal injury lawyer and then you wait for your money. You will be asked for all kinds of paperwork, details of out of pocket expenses, and there may well be medical reports and mandatory doctor check ups to fully assess your claim. It’s a long and difficult process, and if your accident was severe then it may mean you find it difficult to achieve closure and that a part of your life you’d rather forget is being revisited continually over a year or two or three.

Don’t be pushed into making a compensation claim as it may not be worth it psychologically or in monetary terms. It’s best to make the decision yourself with a clear head, and seek advice from people you trust first and foremost.

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