One of the most frequently asked questions law firms and lawyers receive is: How long will my whiplash claim take to process? The answer to this question depends on the complexity of your case. Many claims can be processed in as little as 8-12 weeks, while other whiplash cases may take several months to reach a conclusion.
With the possibility of a claim extending beyond a few months, the second question people tend to ask is this: Can I fast track my claim?
The answer to this question is no, you cannot fast track a claim in the conventional sense. However, whiplash claims that go to court, with a value between £1,000.00 and £25,000.00 will automatically be allocated to something called the ‘fast-track’ by the solicitor. Such claims take a shorter time to process than ‘multi-track claims’, because the evidence will clearly show who was at fault for the accident during which any injuries were sustained.
How long will it take for me to get my compensation?
This depends on the complexity of your case. A good lawyer will be able to get you your compensation, providing your case is clear-cut, within 8-12 weeks. However, even a good lawyer can take several months to successfully process a highly complex claim. Because of this, you should thoroughly discuss your claim with your solicitor. Visit here to get advice following an accident, or to speak with a reputable solicitor.
How can I speed my claim up?
There is no way that you can speed your claim up. Quite simply, you must let the legal process unfold – although, you can help your solicitor by readily providing any statements and evidence that they need to build your case. Your solicitor will do their best to get you your compensation quickly, but you should remain realistic throughout the process. For example, the other side may take a long time to reach a decision in your case, or they may have other cases to review first. For instance, some insurers are notoriously slow at processing claims. Your solicitor should keep you updated throughout the claims process.
Why might my claim take a few months to process?
While some claims can be processed in as little as 8-12 weeks, the fact is that some do take considerably longer. As previously pointed out, a lot depends on the efficiency of the other side. However, it is also important to consider that complex claims take considerable investigation and time. For example, if it is unclear who was at fault for your accident, then your solicitor must investigate your claim thoroughly and chase evidence. Your solicitor may have to request emergency service reports and request CCTV footage, to prove who was at fault and to build you a compelling case for financial compensation.