There is no way to estimate exactly how long a motorcycle accident claim takes to settle because each case is unique. That being said, a lawyer can help you estimate when you may receive a settlement based on the particular details of your case. When you work with a lawyer, they can help you file an insurance claim. If the insurer does not offer fair compensation, a lawyer can also help you file a personal injury lawsuit.
Whether you decide to pursue a lawsuit will also affect how long your case will take to settle since court proceedings will add to the length of time your case requires. Regardless of how long your case takes to settle, a lawyer can help you seek fair compensation by calculating your losses and determining what an adequate settlement would look like in your case.
Filing an Insurance Claim in Nevada
According to the City of Las Vegas, it can take between four to six weeks for a claim to process, though this varies on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, you must follow the required procedures for making a claim, including filing a notice of claim with the insurer. All of these steps can take more time than you may initially expect, and you should start your claim as soon as possible.
How a Lawyer Can Help with Your Claim
After a motorcycle accident, you will likely be focused on recovering from your injuries. Making an insurance claim may seem overwhelming, which is why some victims choose to hire legal representation.
A lawyer can file your claim and handle the various aspects of your legal case. A lawyer can also:
- Communicate with the liable party’s insurer
- Conduct their own investigation of the accident to determine liability
- Calculate your economic and non-economic losses
- Negotiate with the insurers
- File a personal injury lawsuit if negotiations with the insurers do not yield fair compensation
- Represent you at trial, if needed
Your lawyer can also keep you updated on the progression of your case. Remember that bringing a lawsuit against the at-fault driver will likely add to how long your motorcycle accident case takes to settle; however, your lawyer will only do this if they believe it is the best option for seeking financial recovery.
Seeking Fair Compensation Is Paramount
When dealing with insurers and healing from your injuries, you may feel compelled to accept the first settlement offer given to you, but this may not be wise. You may be overwhelmed with medical bills and lost wages. However, if your injuries require indefinite treatments and therapies, you may regret taking an initial settlement offer because it may not account for your future losses.
If you require months or years of physical therapy, for example, you will want your settlement sum to reflect that. A motorcycle lawyer can help you seek compensation that accounts for any future medical expenses, either through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Examples of Recoverable Damages
The types of damages you can recover for your motorcycle accident injuries will ultimately depend on your circumstances. However, a Nevada motorcycle accident lawyer can help you seek financial recovery for the following losses:
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Past and future mental anguish
- Past, present, and ongoing medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
Nevada’s Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
If your lawyer suggests that you file a personal injury lawsuit, Nevada’s statute of limitations would affect how long your motorcycle accident case takes to settle. According to NRS §11.190(4)(e), you could have as little as two years to file a personal injury lawsuit.
If you do not file your lawsuit within this allotted time, you risk losing your right to seek compensation from the liable party. The sooner you contact a law firm, the sooner they will be able to begin negotiations with the insurer and file a personal injury lawsuit, if necessary.
Call Bernstein & Poisson for Help
If you were recently injured in a motorcycle accident and wonder how long your claim will take to settle, a lawyer can help you estimate a timeframe within which you may receive a settlement. More importantly, they will be able to help you seek fair compensation for your losses.
Let a lawyer handle your case while you spend invaluable time with your loved ones and focus on recovering from your injuries. Contact Bernstein & Poisson today for a free case review by dialing (702) 633-3333. We work on a contingency-fee-basis, so you will not have to pay any upfront fees for our services.