How Long Do Personal Injury Cases Take?
The length of time needed to reach a personal injury settlement varies with each situation. The facts of how your injury occurred, the recovery period for your injury, and the insurance company's willingness—or lack thereof—to negotiate in good faith are all variables that affect the time needed to resolve your case.
Waiting can be very frustrating. It may even be downright infuriating and unjust, especially when you are not at fault for your injuries yet you still must deal with medical bills, property damage, missed work, and pain and suffering.
Insurance companies like to play the waiting game, hoping a claimant eventually makes a decision that isn’t in their own best interest. While agreeing to a smaller settlement will bring a quicker resolution and may help alleviate your immediate needs, you could end up regretting your decision.
Once you settle your claim, your rights in the case are gone forever, as the insurance company will require you to sign a contract known as a release before you receive your settlement check. However, agreeing to a settlement is ultimately your choice, one you should make in close consultation with an attorney who will help you weigh the costs and benefits of your decision.
The good news is that you can take an active role in prosecuting your claim. The following are ways you can help the process move along:
- Stay in close contact with your attorney. You should ask how the process is going and whether there is anything you can do to assist. Helping might be as simple as signing medical releases for your treatment or going to the local police department to get a copy of your accident report. Just asking reminds your attorney that you are interested in your case.
- Attend all your medical appointments and follow all your physician’s instructions. Be sure to reschedule any doctor visits that you have to miss.
- Preserve all the evidence you have of the accident, including photographs, medical records, police reports, and any other relevant documents.
- Be patient. Sometimes things take time. For instance, your attorney may be diligently investigating the accident or determining whether an expert is needed to help with the case. However, you must let your lawyer know if your financial situation deteriorates and you need help. They might have the opportunity to settle the case for you.
How Zinda Law Group Can Help
The personal injury lawyers at Zinda Law Group have the knowledge, experience, and resources to help you seek the full compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 800-863-5312 to schedule a free consultation. Meetings with attorneys by appointment only.