A car accident can turn your whole life upside down. Seeking financial compensation from the responsible party could be the best way to pick up the pieces. But how long will that process take?
Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer to this question. Settling a car accident claim could take anywhere from a few months to several years. It depends on many different factors unique to your case, including:
- The severity of your injuries: If your injuries are minor, your case may settle quickly. But if your injuries are severe, requiring multiple surgeries or ongoing physical therapy, it could take years. In most cases, you should not negotiate until you have reached a point of maximum medical improvement or MMI. Until you reach MMI, it is difficult to determine the actual value of your case.
- The degree of cooperation: A car accident claim can move relatively fast if everyone works together. However, the insurance company will try to pay you as little as possible and may not respond favorably to initial settlement demands. The at-fault driver may also attempt to throw a wrench in things to avoid being held accountable.
- Questions of fault: Sometimes, it is clear who is at fault for a car accident. In those situations, it may not take very long to settle. Other times, things are not so obvious. It may be necessary to investigate the crash, examine the vehicle damage, and interview witnesses to determine liability.
If you were injured in a car accident, speak with an experienced attorney right away. You can learn how long your case may take and what you will need to do to achieve a successful outcome as the claim progresses.
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Ensure that your car accident claim gets settled as quickly as possible by contacting our firm. The auto accident lawyers at Copple, Rockey, & Schlecht have decades of experience achieving favorable results for clients. We will hit the ground running so you can move on from this difficult experience.
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