How Long Does it Take to Settle a Personal Injury Case?
If you have been injured in one of Florida’s many annual car accidents, you are likely very stressed out. Between the medical bills from just the ambulance and hospital, expensive prescriptions, and likely being unable to work and support your family, it is totally understandable if you have a lot on your mind. And even when you have made the decision to obtain the help of an experienced legal team like those at The Pendas Law Firm and you’re allowing them to deal with the insurance companies, it doesn’t change the fact that you need a break as soon as possible. Therefore, you may be wondering how quickly you can settle your personal injury claim and obtain the financial resources you need to get back on your feet.
As much as you’d understandably like for things to be resolved and while the vast majority of personal injury cases settle without going to trial, there are many things that can come into play and affect the length of time that it takes to reach a settlement. Because of this, some cases take just a few months to resolve while others take years. And while it is impossible to predict exactly how long your case will take until a settlement is agreed upon, there are known factors that can impact how quickly any settlement could occur.
Factors that Impact How Quickly Your Personal Injury Case is Settled
- The severity of your injuries. Generally speaking, more complex injuries equate to a longer process because they require more time to heal. It is typically not a good idea to settle a personal injury case before you are medically stationary and have reached maximum medical impoverishment. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to be completely healed, it should mean that you have reached a level of stability such that you are not going to get any better or worse in the near future.
- You and the other party disagree about legal or factual issues. In some cases, things can’t settle simply because the two sides disagree on some aspect of the case. Among many other things, it is not uncommon for the parties to disagree on issues such as the value of the case, whether the defendant was really negligent, whether the plaintiff did something to contribute to the accident, and the legitimacy and severity of the contended injuries.
- Your willingness to wait for the settlement you deserve. As touched on above, it is imperative that you wait for the right moment and monetary amount to accept a settlement because you only have one shot at getting it right. In addition to the fact that you should wait for your injuries to stabilize before settling, it’s also important to understand that claims involving minor injuries often settle quickly while those that are highly valuable usually take much longer. It is important not to rush this process and accept an amount far less than what your injuries are worth.
Let Us Help You Get Settled
If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you should first seek medical help if you have not already. After obtaining the treatment you need, you deserve a personalized assessment of the circumstances that may impact your claim’s progression and value. As the Miami personal injury attorneys at the Pendas Law Firm, we have a team of experienced attorneys ready to fight to help get you the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today to begin the steps toward settling your personal injury case.
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