If you have been involved in an accident, you are probably dealing with a million new thoughts and concerns running through your head. You may be concerned not just with your own wellbeing, but also that of any passengers you may have had in your car. If your accident did not take place in a car, you may be worried about any loved ones who were with you when the accident occurred—or even just how you are going to manage their worry about you! You have to figure out what you are going to do to make your recovery as quick as possible, while also figuring out how to recoup any losses you may have suffered and will continue to suffer in the process, such as lost wages or emotional suffering.
No matter what type of personal injury you have suffered as a result of your accident and no matter how big or small the injury even is, your recovery process is probably going to cost you. It may cost you in more obvious ways, such as immediate monetary losses to make any necessary repairs or hospital visits, or you may find the costs to slowly eke out over time. For instance, you may find that your injury has resulted in a significant loss of enjoyment of life. Some physical injuries also have effects that may lie dormant for some time, even if the injuries will eventually lead to lifelong disabilities.
You will also probably have to figure out how you are going to go back to work to pay your bills. It is an altogether overwhelming process! You know that having a lawyer on your side might help you collect all the damages you are rightfully owed, but you also do not want to expend any more time or energy on a case if you are not absolutely certain about it. And who could blame you? It is an important thing to consider. You may find that you are asking yourself or your lawyer: how long will it take to settle my personal injury case? This blog post may be able to help answer that question for you.
As the saying goes, time is money. You do not want to spend any more time on a personal injury case than you absolutely have to—especially when you are already working on physically, emotionally, and mentally recovering from the accident. Here is the good news: a good attorney should be as upfront as possible with you on how long you should expect your recovery time to take. Now, here is the (not so) bad news: how long it takes for you to resolve your personal injury case is dependent upon a couple of different factors. In this blog post, we will focus on three of those main components: medical issues, uncertain liability, and whether or not a settlement can be reached.
No two accidents are exactly the same. So it follows, then, that no two personal injury victims are the same, either—regardless of whether or not you have suffered the same type of injury. Various individual factors can affect your medical needs, along with the extent of damages you have suffered. However, the medical treatment you seek out and receive after your accident will prove to be absolutely essential for your case. In medical terms, it is possible that your recovery time will take anywhere from a couple of weeks to some years. Whatever the case, you will want to be taking close documentation of all your medical records and expenses during this time. It may take longer to amass a comprehensive collection of relevant medical reports if you have been severely injured. A good attorney may be able to help you ensure that you are going about your recordkeeping in the best way. These medical records will serve as valuable evidence for your case.
Your case may also take longer to resolve if there is any uncertain liability. In other words, if the circumstances of your accident do not make it immediately clear who actually caused the accident, then it may take longer to determine who was legally at fault for your injuries. It is possible for multiple parties to be declared at fault. It is even possible that you yourself may be declared at least partially at fault for your own injuries. However, a more cut-and-dry case, such as, for example, a hit-and-run, is more likely to produce expedient results.
Unfortunately, it is not unheard of for insurance companies to deny you the full compensation that you and your attorney have determined to be fairly and rightfully owed to you. Every payment that the insurance company makes to you is a loss for them, so they have every reason to lowball you when offering a settlement. If this happens to you, you may decide that it is a good idea to file a lawsuit and go to court. This may maximize your chances of winning the full amount you are owed, but it can also extend the overall recovery process. Whether or not you determine that that is something you are willing to do is up to you.
There are many different factors and variables that can affect how long it will take for you to resolve your personal injury case. A good attorney should make sure that they are as forthcoming with you as possible about what these factors may be for your specific case. If you have recently been a victim of personal injury, the nationwide personal injury attorneys at Injury Victim Law may be able to help—no matter the context in which your accident occurred or the type of accident you were involved in. Though we are a Colorado-based firm, our team of experts and investigators is dedicated to helping personal injury victims all over the United States. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our qualified personal injury lawyers. We will do everything we can to resolve your case quickly and successfully.