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It’s difficult to give a precise timescale in these claims and cases, but they can take a long time to resolve. It depends how serious your stress or shock-related injuries are, how long it may take to determine the nature of your injuries and whether the other side admits liability quickly or decides to drag things out by denying any blame.
We'll need access to records and evidence from independent experts, initially to see if there's a case to be answered but also to establish that your condition is a recognisable psychiatric illness. We then need to get evidence about what help and support you are likely to require in future and how much that might cost.
Your individual personal circumstances and career prospects will also dictate how long we'll need to enable us to take account of lost earnings if you cannot return to work. This information is vital so that all the necessary medical and financial evidence is to hand.
The attitude of the other side also affects the time it takes to settle. Sometimes, they'll accept liability and our evidence and valuation or they may choose to dispute everything. We'll then enter into negotiations to try to reach a settlement. It’s rare for these cases to go to trial, but some do and that too will add time.
Access Legal will always aim to settle your case without delay, but it’s important we take the time to achieve the best possible outcome that helps you to a speedy recovery.