How Long Does It Take to Settle a Personal Injury Case?

If you’ve ever been a victim of personal injury, you know it can be a frustrating and challenging time. Not only are you hurt, but you have critical decisions to make, such as which injury attorney to use and how to proceed in filing the case.

Once you do decide what to do, you may be wondering how long it will take to settle the case. While healing and medical bills, settling the case is another stressful process you have to worry about.

Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to estimate how long it will take for your claim to resolve because every client and every accident is different. It can take between two weeks and two years to settle a case. So, you must contact an auto accident lawyer immediately following your initial medical treatment. This way, they can immediately begin working on your case.

The most significant contributor to a lengthy case is the degree of your injuries, so if you need a lot of treatment for severe injuries, your case may take longer. There’s a much better chance of settling your case quickly if your injuries are minor.

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Time to Settle Factors

Insurance claims generally don’t take as long to settle as an injury claim. While the time to settle varies by case, just as an injury case would, insurance claims usually settle before the victim is done receiving treatments.

Because of this process, you may not receive all of the compensation you could be entitled to. You mustn’t rush the process, no matter how anxious you are for it to be done. Every aspect of your case should be analyzed in depth. Consider the following factors that can affect how long it takes to process your case.

Factual or Legal Problems

Any conflict in information can make your case take longer. Factual problems may include conflicting information in treatment notes, medical bills, diagnostic imaging results, witness interviews, photographs of the scene, photographs of injuries, traffic accident reports, accident reconstruction reports, maximum recovery parameters, and employment and lost wage information.

If your attorney has to sift through these reports and documents to get to the bottom of the truth, your case will take much longer to settle. Be sure you dictate details clearly to every doctor, every police officer, and every lawyer you see so the information matches.

Medical Treatment

The length of your medical treatment is a massive factor in how long it will take your case to settle. It’s essential to wait until you’ve ceased treatment to close the case. The fact is you won’t know the extent of your injuries, how much treatment you’ll need, or how it will affect your daily life going forward until you can resume a normal life.

Once you have fully recovered, your attorney and your doctor can better determine how your injuries will affect you going forward. They can determine how the injuries have changed your life since the accident. Any referrals to specialists will cost more money and take more time.

For these reasons and many others, you shouldn’t settle your claim with the insurance company either. You won’t know how much you are entitled to until you have been fully treated for your injuries.

Prematurely settling any claim or case doesn’t account for unexpected or dramatic changes in your health. You need to make sure you’re compensated according to your treatment and how it affects your life. Your attorney needs to be able to fight to get your medical bills paid in full. Your attorney must make sure any future complications that your doctor might anticipate are covered.

Trust an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney. Call the Law Office of Bell and Pollock, P.C. today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Money Involved

Personal injury cases can involve a significant amount of money because medical bills are expensive. Negotiation processes for large sums of money can take a long time for both your insurance company and the court to settle. Insurance companies will purposefully delay offering you an adequate sum in cases where there is a lot of money involved. An attorney will make sure you receive a fair amount based on your circumstances. It just may take a while.

Filing Lawsuits

If you’re ready to settle and your insurance company is unwilling to pay, then it may be time to file a lawsuit. You and your attorney can reach that conclusion together, but if you and your insurance company cannot agree outside of court, you need to take them to court.

As you might suspect, filing a lawsuit can add time to the process, but be patient. You must receive the money you deserve, so taking these steps, however lengthy, is sometimes necessary.

Additional Questions

You may wonder how long you can wait after an accident to file a claim. You must file a claim with your insurance company immediately after the accident to accurately report the damage to your car, yourself, or any other property.

If you do sustain an injury as a result of the accident, seek medical care now before you consider a settlement. A doctor can determine the severity of your injuries and assign the necessary treatments. If your doctor expects your recovery will take some time, you may choose to consult an attorney.

An attorney can help you decide if you have the right to receive compensation for the accident and your medical treatments. An injury attorney will also be able to determine how to proceed with your case to ensure you are taken care of in situations where your injuries are extensive.

Filing a personal injury case can pay for your damaged property and your medical bills, giving you peace of mind when it comes to your finances. It can also compensate you for other damages related to your mental state following the accident. It can compensate you for any lifestyle changes you may have to make regarding the accident’s impact on your life.

A case can be frustrating and it can take some time. But it’s well worth pursuing a personal injury case if you’ve been injured in an auto accident.

Verdicts & Settlements

$6,000,000

Neck injury and traumatic brain injury

$850,000

Roll-over accident with neck and knee injuries.

$950,000

Injuries caused by drunk driver.

$750,000

Injured by a drunk driver with multiple surgeries.

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