HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CONCLUDE AN INJURY LAWSUIT?
"So, every client wants to know how long is my injury case going to take to resolve and, unfortunately, the answer is ‘it depends’. Sometimes these cases can move in three months and sometimes it takes three years and where you are on that spectrum depends on three main factors.
*The first one is really important which is: how long is it going to take for you to complete the medical care that your injury requires? You never want to settle your case before you’re done treating because, once you sign the check, that’s all the money you’re going to get and you don’t want to be personally responsible for paying for the medical care that the other sides insurance company should have paid. And so, if it takes three months to finish your treatment or if it takes a year to finish your treatment, that’s a big factor on how long it takes to resolve the case.
*The second factor is: once you’re done treating, how long does it actually take you to get your medical records and your billing records? Remarkably, it matters a lot. Some doctors send their records the day we ask for them and others, especially hospitals, take months sometimes. And sometimes they forget and you have to stay on them and that can vary a lot in terms of how quickly we can get this done.
*And finally: whether or not we have to file a lawsuit will significantly determine how long it takes. After you’re done treating and we gather your records, we send a packet to the insurance company and that includes pictures of the accident scene, the accident report, witness statements, all your medical records, billing records - everything that we need to show the insurance company that you have a strong case and how much it’s worth. And when they look at that, sometimes they make a fair offer and we resolve the case; sometimes they don’t and when they don’t, our recourse is to file a lawsuit and to let a jury decide how much your case is worth.
So, at the Packard Law Firm, we worked very hard to streamline this process and make it go as quickly as possible, but never at the expense of the case. We do everything that we have to do to make sure that either the insurance company and ultimately a jury know everything that’s happened to you, how this accident has impacted your life and what your case is really worth.
So, if you have one of these cases and want to talk about it, give us a call or contact us online; we do this every day and we’re happy to help you."