How long does the claims process take?

Competent adults have three years in which to begin formal legal proceedings, starting from the date of the alleged incident or when they became aware that harm may have arisen from the incident. After that, the length of the claims process depends on the complexity and value of the case.

It could be months or even years before anything significant happens after the records have been disclosed. If formal proceedings are launched, the courts will impose a strict timetable and we will deal with day-to-day management on your behalf, keeping you informed of progress.

For further information about the civil claims process, see our guide.

This guidance was correct at publication 22/08/2016. It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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