How long will it take to settle my car accident case?
We understand that you may be pressured to settle your personal injury case as quickly as possible to pay for your medical bills and/or support your loved ones, however you may be missing out on the full dollar value of your case. Every personal injury case is different, and the time frame for the settlement can vary from a couple of months to many years. Therefore, with the help of an experienced Los Angeles Personal Injury attorney from Gould & Jefferson of Beverly Hills, it is possible to settle your case for its highest value. Proceeding without an attorney may mean accepting an amount that is much less than what your case could be worth. Often times insurance companies will bully individuals who are not represented to prevent paying out a large sum.
Factors that affect the timeline of an injury case
While many victims want to move past the accident as quickly as possible, spending extra time on a case can make a world of difference in the outcome and an individual’s recovery. Determining liability for an accident or injury often rests on whether someone was careless or negligent. There are several factors that can impact the timeline of your personal injury case, but three factors that can slow down a settlement are:
- You have not reached maximum medical improvement from your injuries.
- Factual or legal issues with the case
- Your case involves a significant amount of money.
Reaching Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI), is very important for a personal injury case. MMI means that you have recovered as much as you are going to from your injuries. It may not mean you are fully improved, but it means that you’ve reached a stable point of treatment and your treatment will be constant from then on. Waiting until you reach MMI is important in order to full understand the true value of your medical expenses, damages, and long term implications.
The settlement timeline depends on many variables, but seeking representation from an experienced personal injury attorney at Gould and Jefferson of Beverly Hills, will help speed up the process. Insurance companies tend to take longer than usual, but an injury attorney with experience will efficiently gather evidence, negotiate with insurance adjusters, avoiding pitfalls and taking the case to court if necessary.
Rest assured we at Gould & Jefferson of Beverly Hills will do everything possible to maximize your settlement in the shortest possible amount of time, without sacrificing the dollar value of your case.
Getting Paid: The Process
Normally, a personal injury settlement check is disbursed to your attorney. The attorneys at Gould & Jefferson of Beverly Hills will first pay any liens placed on the settlement funds (such as those for medical bills). Attorney’s fees, out-of-pocket expenses, and other possible costs associated with the claim will also be deducted. After all deductions have been made, the client receives a check to cover their pain and suffering.
What Makes Gould & Jefferson different?
What sets us apart from the other Personal Injury firms is that we truly fight hard for our clients when it comes to negotiating the medical bills. For example, if a case settles for $100,000, and our client’s medical bill was for $60,000– we will do everything in our power to negotiate those bills down as low as possible. This is because the lower the bills are negotiated for, the higher the settlement check is for the client.
Customer service is extremely important to us, and we strive to keep our client’s completely satisfied.
Trusted and Experienced Car Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in California, our empathetic and knowledgeable personal injury lawyers can help get you the compensation you deserve. Call Gould & Jefferson of Beverly Hills today at (310) 899-9529 and we promise to provide the dedication and skill necessary to maximize your settlement.