Most injury victims are understandably eager to move forward from their accident. They hope for as complete a recovery as possible as quickly as possible, and getting back to normal life is often the goal. But many victims feel this will be difficult if they take legal action against the at-fault driver. During an already stressful time, it may feel like an additional burden. However, pursuing a legal claim may not be as time consuming as you think. And even if it does take time, the result may be vital to protecting the future for you and those you love.
Factors That Affect the Timeframe For Resolving Your Claim
Every accident situation is unique, so it’s impossible to say exactly how long your case will take. Some can be resolved very quickly, in just a matter of weeks, while others may take longer. Some key factors that affect the duration of a claim include:
- The extent of your injuries. In some cases, injuries may be minor, allowing the claim to move along swiftly. However, it’s important that you never settle a claim before you understand the full scope of your injuries and have a clear prognosis for the future. It may take your medical team time to gain a complete picture of your health, and settling too quickly could leave you without necessary care in the future.
- The assignment of fault. Accidents are not always straightforward. Drivers may share different portions of responsibility, or there may be a dispute among those involved about who was at fault. If there is question of fault, it could take time to prepare and state your case for blame. It’s important not to rush this aspect, as fault is incredibly important to a victim’s ability to recover damages.
- The cooperation of the insurance company. Insurance companies are out to protect their own interests. They want to settle your claim as quickly as possible for as little money as possible, and they may use various tactics to do so. If your claim is very clear, and the insurance company cooperates appropriately, it may resolve expediently.
- The legal process. If a claim cannot be settled, it will move forward through the legal process. This means you must follow certain steps and adhere to specific timelines. The court schedule and holidays can affect how quickly your case can move forward.
- The case details. The unique details of your case will also determine how quickly it can be resolved. Pursuing claims against government entities or large corporations, for example, may take more time than a straightforward claim against an individual. Additionally, if the at-fault driver lacks insurance or law enforcement is missing information, it could add time to your claim.
It can be difficult to know exactly how long your claim will take after an accident. However, an experienced attorney can give you a better idea of what may be involved in your case. Additionally, the benefits of pursuing a claim can far outweigh the time it may take to resolve it. These claims can provide vital medical care and compensation to ensure that victims and their families can move forward with their lives.
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If you or someone you love suffered injuries in an accident, the legal team at Lattof & Lattof may be able to help. Our Mobile-based lawyers have helped many Alabama victims and their families understand their rights and obtain the compensation they deserve. Call our office today, or fill out the contact form on this page to reach us. A member of our team can answer your questions and schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.