How Long Does it Take to Settle a Personal Injury Case?
Florida law allows up to four years to resolve personal injury claims, but the process may take as little as a few months depending on the circumstances involved in your case.
Personal injuries can happen in a variety of different situations. As a result, you could suffer impacts in every area of your life. Even relatively minor injuries can require extensive medical care and the need for ongoing treatment. You may be unable to work, to engage in your usual hobbies, or even perform simple daily tasks. Our Boca Raton personal injury attorneys help you hold those responsible accountable in a claim, getting you the compensation you need to recover. The following are factors that determine how long it takes to resolve your case.
Reaching the Maximum Level of Medical Recovery
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), accidental injuries send more than 30 million people to hospital emergency rooms each year. These often occur as a result of the following:
- Car, bike, or pedestrian accidents;
- Slips, trips, and falls;
- Getting struck by or against objects;
- Sports or recreational injuries.
Even a minor mishap can leave you with permanent impairments. One of the most important issues in your claim is estimating the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled. This is also likely to be the most time consuming part of your case.
To get an accurate estimate of your current costs and future expenses, you need to reach the point of maximum medical recovery. This means that any lingering impairments are likely to be permanent. It can take anywhere from several weeks to months to reach this point. In severe cases, it may be a year or longer.
Estimating Damages in Your Personal Injury Claim
If your injuries are covered under an insurance policy, settlement negotiations can take several weeks or months. The insurer may try to resolve your case quickly, but the amount offered is likely to be less that what you need or deserve.
Insurance companies are notorious for denying, delaying, and downplaying claims. You may be better served by filing a personal injury lawsuit. The Florida Statutes allow up to four years for you to file a claim and it can take anywhere between several months to a year or longer to go through court processes. Compensation you may be entitled to include:
- Current and future medical expenses, including testing, treatment, follow up care, medications, medical devices, and physical therapy;
- Current lost wages and estimated future losses in income or benefits due to ongoing disabilities;
- Compensation for pain and suffering. This includes your own physical and mental anguish, as well as compensation for loss of companionship and enjoyment in life your family suffers.
Get Our Boca Raton Personal Injury Attorneys on Your Side
Ged Lawyers, LLP has provided trusted, strong representation for people with personal injuries for more than 20 years. We help you get the maximum amount you need to recover, in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Get our team on your side. To request a consultation, contact our Boca Raton personal injury attorneys today.