Personal Injury Lawyer
If you are getting ready to file a personal injury claim, you might wonder how long it will take for your case to settle. After all, you want to put the accident past you and move on with your life. However, it is difficult to assess exactly how long your claim will take to finalize. It depends on many different factors.
Here are several factors that affect how long your personal injury case will take to settle.
The Type of Accident
Personal injury cases can result from different types of accidents, from vehicle collisions to slip and fall accidents. The type of accident you were in can affect how long your personal injury case will take to settle. Car accident cases, for example, often take less time to settle than other personal injury cases. Medical malpractice cases, on the other hand, involve more investigation and can take a long time to settle.
The Severity of Your Injuries
Generally, the less severe your injuries are, the faster your personal injury case will take to settle. For instance, if you suffered a sprained ankle, there is a good chance that your case will get settled fairly quickly. On the other hand, if you sustained traumatic brain injury, it may take longer to determine the sort of future medical expenses you will have, which can delay your case.
The Number of Liable Parties
If more than one party is responsible for your injuries, your personal injury case may take longer to settle. For instance, in a truck accident case, the truck driver, trucking company and truck manufacturer may be held responsible for an accident.
Whether Or Not You Settle with the Insurance Company
After an accident, the negligent party’s insurance company may try to contact you to discuss the details about your case. They may even try to offer you an early settlement. Agreeing to settle your claim can definitely help your case resolve faster. However, that does not mean it is in your best interest to settle early. While it may be tempting to get your case over with, an early settlement offer may not sufficiently cover all of your damages. Have an experienced personal injury lawyer review the offer before accepting it.
Schedule a consultation with a personal injury lawyer, like one from Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, LLC.