This is one of the most common questions that our personal injury clients ask, and rightfully so. When you are suffering from physical injuries and the emotional trauma of an accident, it is natural to want compensation as quickly as possible. Here at Howard, Morrison, Ross and Whelan, it is our job to help you achieve a settlement in a timely manner so that you can move forward with the compensation you need and deserve. We tell all of our clients upfront that there is no way to predict the exact amount of time that it will take to reach a favorable settlement for their case. The length of time that it takes to resolve cases can vary from a matter of months to several years for the more difficult and contested cases involving medical malpractice or product liability.
The best way to provide an answer to this question is by describing what must happen before a claim can be resolved. The first stage of this process depends on the amount of time that it will take our client to recover. When the client has recovered or been discharged from medical treatment, or when the client has reach their maximum recovery, we can determine the appropriate amount of compensation. For cases where the client is expected to make a full recovery, we can start negotiations when the client is satisfied that they have recovered from their injuries. We prefer this because once a settlement has been agreed upon, the case is considered to be concluded.
After the client has been discharged for medical care, we will work to prepare the case for submission to an insurance company. The process of collecting the final bills and medical records can take 30 to 60 days, and our firm prepares a package to support your claim for compensation based on your financial damages and other losses. After this package is submitted to the insurance company, it usually takes 4 to 8 weeks for the insurance adjuster to review it, conduct investigations or medical reviews and start negotiations with our lawyers. In order to make this process as quick as possible, we follow up with the insurance carrier frequently to check in on how the review is progressing.
Our attorneys are skilled and aggressive negotiators on the behalf of our clients, and the negotiation process can sometimes be as short as one week. For more complex cases, the negotiation process takes several months. There are countless variables that play a part in the duration of a personal injury case, and we can help you determine a more accurate timeline when you call our firm. We invite you to call toll-free to schedule a free consultation.