How Long Do Personal Injury Cases Take?
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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.
The earlier that you contact an attorney about your personal injury claim, the sooner that an attorney can go to work for you working with insurance companies and other parties on your behalf to pursue the compensation for your injuries and losses that you may be entitled to.
If you or a loved one has been injured, call Zinda Law Group at (888) 449-1160 for a 100% free case evaluation with our personal injury attorneys.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SETTLE A CASE
It can be an uncertain time when you have been hurt by someone else, and you will want to know how long it will take to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. It is important to contact an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your potential options and to get an idea of how long your case will take to settle.
Every case is going to be unique, an attorney will not be able to give you a definitive answer on how long your case will take. They can only speak to their experience dealing with similar cases. The details of your case will influence how long yours will take.
Thus, it is very important to contact a personal injury attorney so that you can begin the process of settling your claim and pursuing maximum compensation for your injuries and losses. The earlier that you speak to an attorney, the earlier the attorney can discuss your options with you and potentially reach a settlement for your personal injury or accident.
WHY CAN IT TAKE SO LONG TO SETTLE MY CASE?
Several factors can delay your claim being settled. For instance, the more serious your injury, the longer it may take to be fully aware of the extent of your injuries and the accompanying medical costs. In these cases, your attorney may advise you to wait before settling your personal injury case until you are fully aware of the extent of your injuries and how they may affect your life moving forward so that you are able to pursue maximum compensation.
Other factors that may delay your case being settled include if there are disputes over facts about your accident or injuries that may require your attorney conducting an investigation to gather all of the necessary facts to more ensure that you can seek the compensation you may be entitled to. Furthermore, the larger the sum of the money that you may be entitled to, the longer it may take insurance companies and other parties to settle your claim.
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.
What Can I Do To Help Settle My Case?
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.
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