You have been hurt in an accident. Your medical bills are piling up. And you cannot work.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we understand how stressful this situation can be for accident victims and their families. That’s why our goal is to resolve every case as efficiently as possible so our clients can move on in their lives.
The following may also be helpful in understanding how long your case may take.
The Timeline for Settlement Negotiations
In general, your case will be resolved in one of two ways: Through a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company or by a verdict rendered by a judge or jury.
The time it will take to settle your case out of court will often depend on the willingness of the insurance company to make a reasonable settlement offer.
If you have serious injuries and a really strong case, your claim could be resolved in days or weeks. The insurance company may be ready to make a settlement offer that pays out the maximum policy limits. If you accept this offer, you can sign a release of liability and receive your compensation without delay.
However, if the insurance company thinks you have a weak case, believes you are exaggerating your injuries or thinks they can get you to settle for less, you may be in settlement negotiations for a longer time. In some cases, a mediator may be needed to help resolve the case through settlement.
You should never accept a settlement offer that is too low or that doesn’t cover your losses in full. You cannot go back and change your mind and ask for more funds after you settle. Don’t let an insurer pressure you into giving up your rights too soon.
You also need to ensure that the full extent of your injuries and damages are known before settling Never accept an offer until you have a conclusive medical diagnosis.
The Timeline for Court Action
If your case isn’t resolved through settlement, then it will be resolved through a court case. When you have filed your lawsuit, the defendant will need to be notified and given time to respond. Preliminary hearings will be scheduled with the court. A trial date will be set. There will be a “discovery” process where each side gathers evidence and builds a case. You can also expect that your lawyer and the defense lawyer will make motions that a court must rule on. All of this can take a long time to happen – especially if the court is busy and cannot schedule your case to be heard for several months.
The important thing when trying to move your court action forward is to respond quickly to court actions, to always comply with deadlines and to show up when expected. Your attorney will take care of doing everything possible to move your case forward so the delays are kept to a minimum.
Awaiting the Resolution of Your Case
Waiting for compensation can be very difficult. But you should never give up the compensation you are entitled to just because you want things to be resolved quickly.
If you need help paying for medical bills before the case is resolved, options such as healthcare liens may be a solution you can use to give you more time. This would simply involve the care provider offering care now in exchange for a claim on the future compensation you receive when your case is resolved.
Our Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help Move Your Claim Forward
The personal injury lawyers at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., can explain all of your options to you, help you to resolve your case as efficiently as possible and seek full and fair compensation for you and your family at the end of the process.
To schedule a free consultation, call us today or reach us through our online form.