Q How Long Do Car Accident Cases Take to Settle?
If you've been in a car accident, the amount of time it takes your case to settle depends on whether or not your case is very complicated. A simple fender bender without any injuries can sometimes be resolved fairly quickly; but an accident where a car is totaled or becomes inoperable will take longer.
If you were injured in the crash, a number of issues come into play that have to be resolved before a settlement discussion can begin.
For example, you should probably not agree on a settlement until you're completely healed and know the scope of your accident's impacts. Our office sees this happen all the time. If you settle before then, the amount of compensation might not cover your future medical expenses.
The other driver's insurance company will usually take time to make an offer; and you may not consider the offer satisfactory. In that case, you and your attorney should come to a decision on what you will accept, and the attorney will need time to negotiate with the insurance company.
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It’s normal to be impatient, but remember your lawyer is on your side representing your interests. We want to settle the case as much as you do, and we're here to help when it takes a long time. Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation.