Injured in a recent auto accident that wasn’t your fault? Wondering how long it will take settle your injury claim?
Folks who have been injured in a car accident often just want the entire experience to be over.
The recovery process can come at a high price, which can feel overwhelming – even more so if you’ve been out of work due to injuries or if your injuries have greatly affected everyday life. So, it comes as no surprise that one of the questions we’re frequently asked is:
How long will it take to resolve my case?
As is true with many of the questions frequently asked regarding personal injury claims, the answer is that it depends upon your unique situation. There is no one-size-fits-all answer.
There are a plethora of factors that affect the timeline of your particular case and we’ll lay out some of the main factors in this article.
When you’ve been in an auto accident caused by another party, you have a couple of initial options:
(1) accept a quick (and likely “low-ball”) settlement from the insurance company, or
(2) hire an experienced accident attorney to represent you and your best interests.
Don’t get us wrong:
In some cases, taking the initial settlement offer could be your best option. However, it’s highly recommended to consult with a personal injury attorney prior to making that decision, and hopefully before deciding to “diy” your claim in the first place.
Most reputable auto accident attorneys should consult with you at no cost. After learning a little more about your situation, the attorney should be able to let you know whether hiring an attorney is even in your best interest. If injuries are involved, the odds are that it is. (See our answer to the FAQ “Do I need a car accident lawyer“.)