Before you file a personal injury case, you surely want to know a few things about the process, including how much time you can expect to dedicate to the process before your case is settled. At the law offices of Anderson Hemmat, our personal injury attorneys are committed to resolving your claim as quickly as possible while maximizing the amount of compensation that you receive. Consider the following about how long a typical personal injury case takes to settle.
Settlement Time Is Dependent Upon a Number of Factors
The amount of time that your case takes to settle is dependent upon a number of factors, including:
- When you report your case. If you delay in reporting the incident, you delay in having an investigation into your case opened. Because investigations can take months to complete, initiating this as soon as possible is important.
- How serious your injuries are/how long you take to heal. You do not want to settle your case until you have improved to the maximum extent possible (called MMI - Maximum Medical Improvement). If you settle your case before reaching MMI, you risk losing out on compensation that you are entitled to.
- Whether or not fault is disputed. If fault is very obvious and clear, resolving your case will be more straightforward. On the other hand, if there are multiple potentially liable parties involved, or if fault is disputed, it may take additional weeks or months to investigate your case, hear testimony from experts, and piece together exactly what happened.
In addition to the above, the amount of time that your case takes to settle may also depend on who is working on your case. A diligent lawyer will likely speed along your case, and a lazy insurance adjuster will likely slow it down. In most cases, you can expect your claim to be settled between six months and a year when litigation is not on the table.
What You Can Do to Speed Along the Process
It can be frustrating to wait up to a year (or longer in some cases) to get paid the settlement that you deserve. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to speed along the process, including:
- Report the incident as soon as possible. The sooner you notify the police, your employer, or/and the insurance company of your injury, the better. As explained above, you want an investigation to be opened as quickly as possible. And remember, if you don’t file a suit within two years from the date of your injury, you will be barred from compensation.
- Cooperate. It is critical that you cooperate during the claim process. Seek medical care and follow your doctor’s instructions. If the insurance adjuster asks you something, answer honestly. Hyperbolizing, failing to listen to your doctor, or arguing with an insurance adjuster will only slow down the process.
- Hire an experienced injury attorney. Working with an attorney who understands best practices for pursuing a settlement and has experience recovering large compensation awards can be a boon to your case.
Call Anderson Hemmat, LLC Today for a Free Consultation
If you are injured, don’t delay to take action. Call the experienced injury attorneys at the law offices of Anderson Hemmat, LLC today for a free consultation, or send us a message online. We have the resolve you’re looking for.