How Long Will it Take to Settle my Case?

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.

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Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

A personal injury is often a very serious matter, requiring lengthy and painful medical treatment and rehabilitation. The most dangerous injuries are those that result in permanent physical or cognitive damage, such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, disfiguring injuries, serious burns or those involving loss of eyesight, hearing or amputation. No matter what degree of injury you or your loved one has suffered, the experience and quality of your Virginia personal injury lawyer is of critical importance. The settlement, judgment or verdict that is achieved in your case will provide for your future health and ability to recover as much as is possible. It will also provide for you or your loved one with regard to the quality of life that will be possible after the injury.

Our firm represents clients in all types of personal injury cases, including those that involve and injury from a car accident, as well as motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, drunk driving accidents, boating accidents, bus accidents, bicycle accidents, construction accidents, pedestrian accidents, train accidents, and other types of vehicle and watercraft accidents in which the innocent suffered injuries. In cases that will require a large settlement, such as birth injuries, burn injuries, catastrophic injuries, spinal cord injuries, or traumatic brain injury, we ensure that every aspect of the case is fully documented and that we present a claim that will reflect the extensive damages and challenges that our client is facing. We believe that any person who has been injured through the negligent actions of another should have access to the best possible medical treatment and care, and we commit our resources to getting these cases resolved fairly.

We also take on cases that involve injury, illness or death from dangerous drugs, or defective products. These are often complex cases to litigate and our experience in court and in the claims process will be of great value when you need to pursue compensation. We can represent those who have been seriously injured by dog bites and other animal attacks. In cases of medical malpractice such as a failure to diagnose or emergency room errors, it can be crucial that you get legal representation from our firm immediately. These cases are often disputed. It is crucial that we obtain and preserve supporting evidence as well as getting witness testimony as early as possible in your case.

The firm also represents those who have been injured by a faulty or defective commercial product, and can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer, retailer or other liable party. In cases of premises liability, such as a slip and fall, we can help get your claim resolved, and will pursue the compensation you truly deserve. We have extensive experience in resolving car accident claims involving an uninsured motorist as well.

Our firm has provided high quality, aggressive legal representation in injury claims for decades. We are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and have garnered many outstanding reviews for our work, including being named as “Preeminent Lawyers 2012”, “Super Lawyers”, “Best Lawyers in America” (years named are from 1993-2012), and many others. Our hard work and dedicated service to our clients have resulted in many high value settlements, even in the most complex cases. We simplify and win. We are proud of our service to the injured and their families, and every case we take on will get our full dedication. We know this is a difficult time for you, and we will fight for you. You deserve to recover compensation for the injuries and other damages in your case, and we will be resolute in our demands on your behalf.

For families who have suffered the tragic loss of a loved one, we can file a wrongful death claim in civil court to pursue justice and compensation and hold the responsible party accountable in financial terms. We serve the injured accident victims with great perseverance.

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