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    How Long Does It Take To Settle A Personal Injury Claim In Queensland?

    How Long Does it Take to Settle a Personal Injury Claim in Queensland?

    Sustaining an injury can create such a time of uncertainty in many aspects of life. Will you recover, what treatment will you need, can you return to work, how long will you be without income or receiving reduced income? It is therefore natural to want to know how long it will take to settle your claim.

    Unfortunately, there is no way to give you a specific or certain answer on how long it will take to reach a settlement in your claim. How long a claim takes to settle will depend on the unique circumstances of each case.

    Once a settlement is reached in a case it is called a once and for all settlement. This means it is final and you can not come back seeing further compensation relating to that matter at a later time. So it is important that all losses and, as best as you can predict, future losses be taken into account when you reach a settlement. In assessing past and future losses it is important that your injury is stable, that means it has reached the maximum medical improvement, a simpler term for this is that the injury has stabilised, it isn’t getting better and isn’t getting worse. Lawyers have no way of knowing when your injury will reach this point and all losses can be assessed, this is why it is difficult to give you an exact time frame on how long it will take to reach settlement.

    As a guide as to how long a claim might take to settle, settlement data suggests the average time to settle a claim from date of injury is approximately 18 months. Of course each case will depend on the specific and unique circumstances.

    A good lawyer will work to protect your interests within the required time frames and work efficiently to gather the necessary evidence so that when your injuries are stable and all evidence is available they are in a position to advise you and promptly work towards reaching a settlement in your claim.

    Learn more about personal injury legislation in Queensland

    https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/view/whole/html/inforce/current/act-2002-024

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