The duration of a claim depends upon many different circumstances. Some of these factors are:
- Your recovery time. It is always advisable to ensure you are as fully recovered as possible before settling an injury claim. This allows the total extent of your claim to be documented and included.
- Areas of dispute. If the people you are claiming against do not accept some, or all, of your claim, the claim could be lengthened by gathering evidence and proving it to them.
- Court proceedings. Not all cases require the involvement of a court. However, if areas of dispute persist or it becomes necessary to ‘protect’ your right to claim, court proceedings may be unavoidable. This can mean a claim takes longer to resolve, although even if court proceedings are started it does not mean the case will be heard in a courtroom. If it is, a judge will determine any issues in the case, there will not be a jury.