Working with clients for many years, one of the most common questions people ask when they start working with an attorney is: How long does it take to settle a car accident case? The answer to that question has never been simple, but it is even less so now that we are in the middle of a global pandemic. Keep reading to learn the factors that might make it take longer for your case to be settle, and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
There Might Be Court Delays
In some cases, there are going to be court delays. While these delays won’t affect your case if you settle before you get to court, they can be used by the insurance company to convince you to settle. They might say that it will take years to get through the court system and that you should automatically settle. This is false. You should always talk to your personal injury attorney to find out a realistic timeframe for your case.
The Inability to Get Needed Medical Treatment Can Slow Down Your Case
Many hospitals are overburdened with COVID patients and are therefore unable to perform what they consider non-essential surgeries. This could mean that a serious injury you sustained, such as a broken bone, will not be able to be operated on for much longer than usual. In most cases, we do not want to settle your case until we are sure of the long-term medical needs, and we cannot know that until these types of surgeries and procedures are completed. As a result, this could slow down the process.
Remote Meetings Can Speed Up the Process
While many of the time-related changes caused by the pandemic are causing these cases to take longer, there are exceptions. One notable example is the ability to meet remotely with your attorney, various insurance agency people, and the courts. This can make it much easier for several people to schedule a time to meet.
How Long You Wait to Contact an Attorney Can Affect How Long the Case Takes
Generally speaking, the sooner you contact a personal injury attorney to help you with your case, the sooner we can get the case settled for you. When you contact us right away, we will have access to as much evidence as possible. It will be easier to find eyewitnesses, to get information from relevant parties, and to get your case together.
This is why we recommend you contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 right away if you have been involved in a car accident.