How Long Do Personal Injury Claims Typically Take To Get Resolved?
Some personal injury cases resolve within a week or so, while others can take several years. One of the main determining factors of how long it will take to reach a resolution is the time it takes for you to reach maximum medical improvement, which is when medical professionals determine that you cannot improve any further, despite any type or amount of medical treatment. Other factors that determine the length of a case include the number of doctors you see, the amount of time it takes to compile the medical records and bills, and the court schedules. I generally advise clients to expect their cases to last anywhere between six months and one year, but it can vary greatly.
Can Someone Handle An Auto Injury Claim On Their Own Without An Attorney?
Insurance companies aren’t in the business of paying claims; they’re in the business of making money by collecting more in premiums than they pay out in settlements. Allstate conducted a study that showed that just consulting with an attorney (not necessarily hiring one) can increase settlement amounts. In most cases, hiring an attorney will increase the settlement amount above and beyond what’s necessary for offsetting the cost of hiring the attorney. Most attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means there’s no fee or cost unless they help you obtain a settlement.
It’s absolutely advisable to hire an attorney. The insurance company is going to try to get you to take less than what your case is worth. They might be successful in doing this if you do not know the true value of your case. Attorneys who deal with these types of cases all the time understand the market and are in the best position to advise you on what is a good settlement or verdict.
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