When we work with injured victims and families who have been hurt in preventable accidents, our attorneys receive many questions about the personal injury claim process. One of the most common questions is about the time it will take to make a recovery or settlement in a case. The answer is almost always: it depends.
All cases are unique, and every injury is different. Because of these factors, it is difficult to say how long it will take before your case can be resolved. In most personal injury cases, a settlement does not come right after an accident. In fact, personal injury cases are a process with a lot of moving parts, and they can take some time to resolve.
While we advise our clients to always focus on their recovery while we handle the legal work that needs to be done, we know that it is important to also understand the factors that can affect the length of their case. These factors can include:
- Your injury – The nature of your injury can make for a longer case, especially when the injuries are serious and require extensive recovery, treatment, and medical evaluations. If medical professionals are unable to determine what is wrong, or if you still need to recover from the injuries, it will be a longer process to determine exactly what your injuries were and how they impacted your life. These are crucial factors in personal injury claims, as our legal team will want to show a full account of the damages you experienced in order to secure the maximum compensation possible. If the extent of your injuries are not known and you attempt to settle, you may risk recovering less than what you deserve.
- Your medical treatment – As with your injury, the medical treatment you receive after an accident will also play a role in how long your case could be expected to last. This is because it is advised for victims to get all the treatment they need and make to full recovery, or at least recover as much as they are able. Doing so allows a victim to present a more complete picture of their injuries, their damages, and how these injuries affected their life or even the lives of their loved ones.
- The insurance company – Aside from your injuries and medical treatment, how the insurance company handles your claim will always be one of the biggest factors in determining how long it will be before a recovery can be made. Insurance companies are in business to make money, and they go to great lengths to contest claims and challenge fault or the damages victims suffered. This can increase the time needed for settlement negotiations. In some cases, when insurance companies decline to pay a victim what they need, it may even mean that trial will be necessary. Fortunately, our attorneys at Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner are experienced litigators who are not afraid to fight back against insurance providers, even if that means taking a case to trial when a settlement is not possible.
Again, the length of your case will always depend on the circumstances involved. At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, we can review your case and injuries, discuss the personal injury claim process, and explain in more detail how the case would be likely to proceed. Still, it is always the best policy to ensure you receive the medical care you need to recover from the injuries you sustained.
If you would like to speak personally with an experienced Hawaii personal injury lawyer from our firm, contact us for a free consultation. We serve victims and families on all islands of Hawaii!