Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience. It's perfectly understandable to want to know how long it will take for your case to be resolved. However, this question doesn't have an easy answer.
Variables Affecting Your Case Resolution
The majority of personal injury claims are resolved within a year, but some cases can go on for several years. Variables that will affect how long it takes to settle your case include:
- The severity of your injuries
- How long it takes to complete your medical treatment
- If it's possible there’s another cause for your injuries
- If there is reason to suspect you're exaggerating your injuries
- If fault is being contested
- The size of the proposed settlement
- Technical difficulties gathering some of the necessary information to prepare the case
- Your own willingness to accept a lesser settlement to avoid a trial
Should You Wait or Settle?
If you're facing extensive medical bills and are currently unable to work because of your injuries, it's tempting to want to settle your case as soon as possible. However, it's generally best to wait until you've reached maximum medical improvement (MMI). Once a doctor has certified that you've recovered as much as possible, it will be easier to attach a dollar value to the damages you've suffered. This will often result in a larger verdict.
Seeking Help from a Personal Injury Attorney
Many people attempt to settle their car accident claim without the assistance of an attorney, but enlisting a professional to advocate for your needs is the best way to speed up the settlement process. A skilled attorney familiar with personal injury law will help you obtain the necessary documentation and negotiate for the maximum possible compensation.
The legal team at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault is dedicated to assisting Louisiana residents resolve their car accident cases. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, so you can be assured of quality representation with no upfront cost. To learn more, call us directly at 800.256.1050, or complete our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.