How Long Will My Car Accident Case Take?
Many things will impact the speed of your case and what settlement the insurance company may offer you. It is important to understand every case is different regardless of how similar your case may seem to another case.
For most car accident cases, the severity of your injuries, the recovery time from your injuries and the circumstances causing the accident can impact the time it takes to resolve your case.
If involved in a car accident, you should contact our legal professionals to discuss your case. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about your accident and help you through this stressful time.
We will educate you on your rights and how to best ensure your case is a strong case.
Below are some general phases a car accident case may take and how we fight for your rights during the case:
Stage 1: Investigation
When you hire us, our firm’s competent legal professionals will help you with the legwork involved in building your car accident case so you can focus on what’s important to you; getting well again.
The investigation phase of the case is the gathering of all the information about the accident to help present the best possible claim to the at-fault party’s insurance company. This allows us to fight for the best possible settlement for you. In this phase we may do the following:
- Obtain copies of the police report.
- Get statements from witnesses of the accident.
- Take photographs of damages of property as a result of the accident.
- Take photographs of your physical injuries and those of any passengers.
- Gather evidence from the accident scene such as police dash camera videos, emergency calls to 911, physical evidence, etc.
- Contact your insurance company and the insurance company of the at-fault party.
- Research applicable laws and past cases to determine all forms of compensation for which you may qualify.
Our firm will contact you for information during this first phase and throughout your case to inform you of any progress. We will also make sure we have all the information necessary to ensure you are fully protected.
Stage 2: Medical Care
It is very important that you do not delay obtaining the necessary medical care from injuries resulting from the car accident. You may need to see multiple medical providers to investigate and care for all your injuries.
This medical care is paid from your insurance settlement through a number of areas so you can have peace of mind when seeking the necessary medical assistance to make you well again. Delaying necessary medical care may negatively impact your case, but we will assist you throughout this process by working with your medical providers to make sure we have all the information we need from them to help your case.
We will coordinate payment of your medical expenses and work with your health insurance plans, Medicare/Medicaid plans, and any medical coverage offered through your and the at-fault party’s auto insurance coverage. Utilizing all resources available to you for your medical expenses helps you obtain the best settlement in the end.
Stage 3: Negotiations
When you have completed all treatment and we understand the lasting effects the car accident may have on you, we will send that information to the at-fault party’s insurance company in the form of a ‘Demand.’ We send this legal document to the insurance company with all the necessary information about your case that we obtained during the investigations and medical care phases of your case. The demand will also include a demand of a monetary settlement from the insurance company. In this phase we will do the following:
- Request all medical records and bills associated with your accident from all medical providers you have seen.
- Determine a fair amount of compensation to ask for from the insurance company for your settlement.
- Compile all the information into a demand and send the package to the at-fault insurance company on your behalf.
Stage 4: Litigation
It is important to understand that not all car accident cases go into the litigation phase. We are able to complete most cases in the negotiations phase if the insurance company offers a fair settlement for your case. However, sometimes insurance companies do not offer what we consider fair. In this circumstance we would recommend you file a lawsuit against the insurance company through our firm. This is called ‘Litigation.’
If we need to litigate your case, we will file a lawsuit with the courts against the at-fault party’s insurance company. At this point we are asking a judge or jury to determine the fair settlement amount. This phase requires additional research by our legal professionals, who must investigate additional evidence and likely request more information from you to prepare for a trial on your case. Often, the insurance company will want to avoid the costs to them for a trial and will be more open to negotiating a fair settlement before a trial is necessary through a mediation process.
The end result of your case is a fair settlement for you and we work very hard to ensure this occurs. As stated before, the time needed to accomplish our goal for you can vary on a number of circumstances. The entire process can take 3 to 6 months, sometimes longer, but we have the objective to make this time frame as low as possible. We too want you well and compensated quickly!
Contact our Law Firm Today
f you want more information on your case or would like to schedule a free consultation or second opinion with our firm, please contact us today at (770) 941-0913 . Feel free to fill out a contact form. We are here to help.