When you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may be facing a lot of medical bills and financial hurdles. Your vehicle may also be damaged and require work. For these reasons, it’s often in your best interest to file a lawsuit against the driver responsible for the accident. But how long will it actually take to get a response?
Generally speaking, it takes an average of two months to get the first response from the defendant’s/defendants’ insurance attorneys. After this, comes the discovery process. The length of time that this process takes is dependent upon the severity of the accident and the nature of the injuries. Usually the more serious the injuries, the less likely the defendant’s insurance company is to settle for an amount that is fair. Usually it’s not until they are faced with a trial date that they often try harder to settle. This brings things to between 8-16 months on average. If the case does actually go to trial, it will usually be held about one to two years after the date of the accident.
The Settlement Process
Typically the settlement process starts when you provide a demand letter to the defendant and his or her insurance company that states your claims. However, if your case goes to trial, the trial will likely take anywhere from a few days to a month. Since many insurance companies don’t want to bother with a trial, a majority of cases will settle before the trial date. In fact, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, just three percent of personal injury cases go to trial. Luckily, car accident cases usually resolve much quicker than other personal injury cases.
How Long Does it Take to Receive a Settlement Offer?
Unfortunately, since each case is different, there is no way to determine exactly how long the settlement process will take each time. However, there are a variety of factors that may contribute to it. These include:
- The severity of the plaintiff’s injuries
- The need for ongoing medical care or therapy
- The time it takes to figure out the current cost and future cost
Hiring an attorney can help, as it typically results in a faster settlement for the plaintiff. They can also help you to determine by which date a settlement will be likely. By providing your attorney with your medical bills and documentation, it can help them to determine what an appropriate settlement amount would be.
Contact a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney
At the Law Offices of David P. Kashani, our experienced California car accident lawyers work strategically to help our clients obtain the appropriate compensation for their damages and losses. When you become our client, you will have peace of mind knowing that our legal team is on your side. We will guide you through all aspects of your personal injury claim and make sure that your interests are protected. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us today!