If you have suffered a personal injury, due to someone else's negligence, you are certainly anxious to receive compensation for your expenses and suffering. You may have medical bills piling up, missed time from work, all on top of suffering from whatever injury you incurred. You probably want to know how long it will take to settle your personal injury claim. There are several factors that are involved in a personal injury settlement process.
After retaining counsel, your role is to simply keep your doctor's appointments and focus on healing. In the meantime, I will gather all available and pertinent evidence in your case. Once you have recovered to a point where you are physically as close as possible to your condition before the accident, I can begin to formulate a demand that's individual to your case and injuries, to send out to the insurance company.
Generally, the average personal injury claim, involving straight forward injuries like; simple fractures, soft tissue injury, or whiplash, with no issue on liability, will settle within 3-8 months. Every claim is assessed on its own merits, but I usually will not recommend any offer of settlement is accepted until I have acquired a clear and decisive opinion from a doctor on your symptoms and future outlook. Only then can I assess the value of the claim.
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Settlement of an accident claim should never be rushed. Once a claim is settled there is no going back. It is important that you get properly compensated for your injury. This can only happen when all the facts have been considered and we are certain as to how your recovery will proceed. Whether a case settles or not is always up to you the client. Any offer made on a client's case is given to the client to accept or reject. I advise the client as to whether the offer is fair, inadequate, or more than the case is worth. I always strive to get my clients more than the case is worth.
A personal injury claim is not about quick easy money. It is about ensuring that you are made whole by being fully compensated for your pain and suffering. I try everything possible to avoid unnecessary delays from the insurance company. Usually I succeed at getting my clients the money they so greatly deserve and need in a timely manner.