Do personal injury claims take years to settle?

This article was published on: 12/20/21

Do personal injury claims take years to settle?

We know this might annoy you, but our personal injury solicitors were a bit divided with this question. The correct answer will always depend on your individual case. But the fact of the matter is that most claims when handled and assigned to an experienced personal injury solicitor can be settled within 12 months.

Every case is unique and in very complex cases it could take years to settle a personal injury claim. From our experience, this only happens in cases involving serious injuries, such as spinal injuries and head trauma, when recovery time is needed, and the full extent of the injuries are not always instantly evident.

In these cases, time is needed to make sure the client’s future needs are evaluated correctly, such as long-term care and expenses.

Certain personal injury claims can also take longer to settle if the opposing side denies liability and the claim goes to court for a decision which can include more time for witness statements.

How long after my accident can I still claim?

Every accident has a limitation period, this is the length of time allowed for you to start your claim before it expires.

If possible, you should make your claim as soon as you can after the accident. This can give your claim a huge advantage because we are typically able to gather more details, evidence and even witnesses easier and more quickly.

For most accidents, victims have three years after the accident to claim. If the accident happened at sea or the air, victims have two years to claim.


If you have had an accident and want to find out how long it might take you to claim, please get in touch, and our solicitors will be able to give you more information depending on your situation.

If you are worried about whether you can still make a claim or not, give us a call and speak to one of our claim advisors today.

We offer a contactless personal injury service from start to finish. This means all communication with your claim handler will be done by email, phone, and voice calls. Any letters sent will be limited, and face-to-face appointments are not necessary.


Read our personal injury FAQS.