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How Long Does a Personal Injury Claim Take to Settle?

If you have been hurt in a car accident, you may have thousands of dollars in medical bills. You feel like you have done everything right – you got the medical treatment you needed and you hired an attorney to help you get the compensation that you deserve. However, you may feel like you are never going to get your compensation. You are wondering why the process is taking so long and how much longer that you will have to wait before you get your settlement check. The Van Law Firm can help you get your check as quickly as possible while making sure that you receive the amount that you deserve.

Treatment for Your Injuries

Once you have been in an accident, the most important priority is to get treatment for your injuries. For a severe injury, you may need to go to the Emergency Room and receive treatment at a hospital. For less serious injuries, you may choose to go to your family doctor. If you have lingering pain or complications, you may be referred to additional doctors. No matter how severe they are, your injuries may require treatments such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, pain management, injections or even surgery. Your doctors may make recommendations for future treatments, depending on the extent of your injuries. It may take several months or longer before you finish your medical treatments and your injuries have healed.

Negotiations

Once your treatments are finished, your attorney will work on negotiating your settlement with the insurance company. Negotiations can be time-consuming, especially if there is a dispute over who was at fault for the accident. It is difficult to provide an estimate as to how long it will take a claim to settle, as every incident is unique. However, most settlements occur within 3-12 months after the initial demand is made to the insurance company. More complex injury claims, such as workplaces accidents, slip and falls and injuries from defective products could take longer.

Don’t Rush Your Settlement

When negotiating, the insurance company will give you offers lower than the amount that you want to receive. This is on purpose, as they are hoping to spend as little as possible. It is important to remember that if you accept a settlement offer, it will be the full and final payment of all of your claims. You will never be able to file another claim on that accident. Therefore, it is critical that you have fully recovered and that you have ensured that you will have no additional loss of earnings or additional expenses as a result of your accident before accepting “full” and “final” payment for all of your claims.

In the event that your claim cannot be settled fairly, your attorney can work with you to advise you best on how to proceed. That may mean going to mediation or arbitration, or taking your case to trial so that you get the payment that you deserve.

We Can Help

The best way that you can assure that you are receiving the compensation that you deserve in the quickest possible time frame is to seek the advice of an experienced car accident attorney. The attorneys at the Van Law Firm are here to help you get the settlement that you have earned. Our attorneys can further advise you on the best course of action for your claim if it can’t be fairly settled. Call (725) 900-9000 today for a FREE consultation and to learn more about what Van Law Firm can do for you.