It’s impossible to give an average wait time for a car accident settlement because each case involves different factors, including:
- How much your case is worth
- What your health outlook is like (and if you still need treatment)
Your case may also take longer if there are any disputes with an insurance company over evidence and liability in your case, among other legal problems. While your case could take weeks or even years, we can work to help your case progress as efficiently as possible.
What Are Some Reasons Why a Case Could Take Longer to Settle?
You likely want to know how soon you could receive a settlement, as this is the money you need to cover your mounting medical bills and income losses.
However, keep in mind that there are some situations where a case will take more time.
The Injury Was Severe and Treatment Will Be Ongoing
Soon after your accident, it may start to become clear that you will require months (if not years) of medical treatment in order to recover from your injuries.
If this is the case, your legal team will likely be fighting to get all of these medical costs covered by your settlement—and you may be advised to wait to settle your case until your doctors know exactly what treatment you will require, including any necessary:
- Future surgeries
- Future physical therapy
- In-home modifications and home health care assistance
Once you discover how much your future medical bills are expected to be—and if these bills are especially high—the more an insurance company may try to find ways to pay you less. This resistance could mean prolonged negotiations and even a court case.
Your Case Is Worth a Lot
Your case value may be high due to high medical treatment costs. You may also be asking for a larger settlement amount because the injury affected your ability to work.
Oftentimes, cases that are worth more will take longer to settle. The insurance company will work to be certain that you are owed what you say you are owed, which could take time to prove.
Your Case Must Go to Court for Fair Compensation
If an insurance company is disputing or denying your right to a fair settlement, your case may have to go to court. Your case could be delayed even further due to the lengthy process of a trial.
However, it’s possible that a jury could award you more in damages if your case does go to civil court. It may be worth the wait—and we can advise you on when it makes sense to seek a court award.
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Is There Any Way to Speed Up the Process of a Personal Injury Case?
Unfortunately, one of the easiest ways to speed up the process of your case is to accept an early settlement offer—and doing so may be a lower settlement than you deserve.
Some other reasons why cases move more quickly toward a settlement include:
- Your injuries are clearly connected to the accident.
- The other party is clearly liable for your losses.
- Your case evidence and expert testimony clearly demonstrate that your injuries were caused by someone else, and that party is therefore liable.
- The insurance company is willing to settle on a fair offer without extended negotiations.
We Will Ensure Your Case Is Processed Smoothly
If you work with someone from our team, we will ensure that your case isn’t subject to any preventable delays. We will ensure your paperwork is filed promptly, and your case is built with the most compelling evidence possible.
If you file a lawsuit, we will also work to ensure you meet Nevada’s two-year statute of limitations, per NRS §11.190(4)(e).
What to Do if You’re Waiting for a Settlement and Paying for Bills Out-of-Pocket
It may be frustrating to have to pay for your own medical bills through your own personal injury protection policy or your own health insurance—especially if someone else caused your accident.
However, you can keep track of these bills and show them to someone from our team. Hang onto any receipts for out-of-pocket expenses, including costs for medications, medical devices, and in-home care. We will work to include all of your costs and losses into your settlement value, including:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past lost wages
- Future lost earning capacity
- Past and future pain and suffering
How Long It Takes to Get a Check Once You Accept a Settlement or Get an Award
Once you’ve accepted an offer from an insurance company or received a court award, it could take a couple of weeks or several weeks to process your check.
There are a couple of details that will need to be finalized, depending on whether or not your case went to court, including:
- Release paperwork (for a court case)
- Addressing any medical liens for your case
We will work to see that your check is processed as soon as possible, communicating with the insurance company through the whole process or handling the final legal details involved with court paperwork.
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Our Team Will Fight for the Best Settlement Possible for You
We want you to get the settlement you deserve and get paid as soon as possible so that you can begin recovering your health and your wallet.
We also work based on contingency fees, which means that we won’t add to your costs after an accident. Our contingency fees mean that:
- You owe us nothing upfront.
- We only get paid if you do.
Get Started on Your Case Now with Our Attorneys’ Help
You can get a free case review and ask us about the average wait time for car accident settlement cases similar to yours. We will put our 60+ years of experience to work for you. Call us today at (702) 633-3333.