There is no uniform amount of time in which a claim gets resolved. One of the biggest factors is the length of time it takes you to recover from your injuries. If you can recover within three months, then the process of getting the claim resolved will be shorter than if it takes a year to recover. The reason for this is simple. When you resolve your personal injury case – whether because of settlement or trial — it is a onetime thing. You can never go back. If you were to settle your injury claim before you are fully healed, then what happens if you have a flare-up, or if complications arise? You cannot go back and get more money for the claim because you have already resolved the matter.
On average claims are resolved anywhere from 6 – 24 months from the date of hiring a lawyer, depending upon how quickly medical treatment is completed. Each case and each injury is different and there is no one size fits all.
Unintentional Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Case
- Failing to go to the doctor or do what the doctor prescribes is the number one thing that dooms any claim.
- Social media. So often, people will say something on social media that can be taken out of context to make them seem uninjured. The insurance companies will say things like, “Well, you must not be too hurt because you were doing this on social media”. Too many people like to “check in” where they are going or send pictures of their vacation or those kinds of things. The defendants and insurance companies search the web and social media just as we do and can often times find things that when taken out of context tend to minimize the claim. We know that is not the truth. You do not have to live your life at home locked inside your closet just because you are hurt; you can still get out and do things, but they use those things to minimize and devalue your case. There is no end to what an insurance company will do to avoid liability or minimize it.
That is why we always advise our clients to be very careful about what they are posting on social media. They can live their lives, but they do not need to broadcast it to the entire world.
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