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How Long Does It Take to Settle a Injury Claim?

Ultimately, the time it takes to settle a injury claim depends upon the complexity of the case. For example:

  • Car accident claims with undisputed fault and no catastrophic injuries often settle within six (6) months to a year after medical treatment is complete. 
  • In contrast, car accident claims where fault is disputed or there are catastrophic injuries will take far longer. These claims may not settle and may have to be tried in court.
  • injury claims involving commercial defendants, premises liability, and/or more severe injuries take longer to settle, sometimes up to a year after medical treatment is complete.
  • A catastrophic injury claim may settle quickly if fault is clear or may take several years to settle or be tried in court. 

In short, many injury claims are resolved within a year, but for those that do not settle and are tried in court instead, injury plaintiffs can expect to wait 1-4 years to be compensated depending upon the complexity of their case and the severity of their injuries.

Do you have a injury claim? Call Cousin Benny today to find out how long it will take to settle your injury claim and what your case is worth. Talk with a injury lawyer today – free of charge!

What Impacts the Timeline of a Injury Case?

Every injury case is unique. These are the four factors that affect how long it takes to settle a injury claim.

1. The Type of Negligence

Car accidents generally settle quickly unless fault is disputed and the injuries are severe. Medical malpractice and premises liability, like slip and fall cases, construction site injuries, and those especially involving commercial or government defendants, can take far longer due to the need for investigation and expert testimony as well as the court’s procedural requirements.

2. If Liability is Contested

Proving liability is another factor that can delay settlement. If liability is contested, a injury claim may not settle and may go to trial, delaying compensation.

3. The Severity of the Injury

Minor injuries that heal relatively quickly are compensable more quickly. More severe injuries, like a severe dog bite, that require more medical treatment and that may have a long-lasting impact on a plaintiff’s health, well-being, quality of life, and ability to work require more time to calculate damages. In these cases, damages may be contested, requiring a trial and the use of expert testimony to prove them. Understandably, this delays compensation.

4. Whether a Lawsuit Has Been Filed

Your injury lawyer will make every attempt to negotiate with the insurance company for the settlement you deserve. If the insurance company will not settle, you must be prepared for the process to take a bit longer because your injury lawyer must sue to get you your compensation. Under some circumstances, the insurance company will settle upon being served with your complaint. In other circumstances, the insurance company will settle after your injury lawyer presents your evidence. Last, some cases must be tried to judgment and the insurance company forced to compensate you.

Claim vs. Lawsuit

A injury “claim” is different from a “lawsuit.” When you’ve suffered an injury and it is someone else’s fault, you file a claim for compensation with the insurance company. If the insurance company denies or underpays your claim, your injury lawyer will help you file a lawsuit to force them to pay you what you deserve.

Hire a Qualified Philadelphia Injury Attorney

If you have a injury claim, seek professional guidance by working with an experienced injury lawyer in your jurisdiction. Why do you need a injury lawyer? If your claim is underpaid or you accept an initial settlement offer that is far too low, that may have devastating consequences for you and your family. An experienced injury lawyer will fight for you and get you the compensation you deserve.

Call Cousin Benny today for your free, no-obligation consultation and find out how much your case is worth and how long it will take to settle your injury claim.

Benjamin Hoffman

Benjamin Hoffman is a practicing attorney licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Benjamin handles cases for individuals who have been injured as a result of an accident, slip/trip and fall or medical negligence.

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Benjamin Hoffman is a practicing attorney licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Benjamin handles cases for individuals who have been injured as a result of an accident, slip/trip and fall or medical negligence.
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