If you have been involved in an accident that was due to someone else’s fault then you should claim compensation for the inconvenience and financial expenses incurred. You will need to hire a specialised injury lawyer who has experience in dealing with personal injury claims.
Your lawyer’s role includes giving you legal guidance and advice on how to proceed with the claim as well as helping you to settle on a compensation amount. He will also represent you in court should your case proceed that far.
However, you should be aware that claiming compensation is a long process. There are numerous legal procedures to follow and a lot of paperwork to process. Depending on the complexity and details of your case, it may take a few months or more before you finally receive your compensation.
You may mistakenly assume that your lawyer is deliberately dragging his feet on your claim. This is often not the case since several factors may affect how soon he can give you any news, both before and after he has filed a lawsuit.
Factors that can cause delays
Several factors can determine how soon you hear from your lawyer. The following are some of the reasons why your lawyer may wait a while before filing a lawsuit:
- He is investigating your case. Your lawyer needs to go through all details of your case including witness statements, accident reports, your medical records and your insurance information, among others. It might take a month for his office to receive all these records and longer than that to go through them.
- He wants to wait until you get to your Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) so that he can evaluate the total worth of your compensation. MMI is the point in your treatment where your doctor does not expect you to get better from medical care. It might take several months to get to this point.
- The defendant and his insurance company may take time to reply to your lawyer’s demand letter. The defendant has to answer the demand letter within 30-60 days. Your lawyer might try to settle the compensation claim with the defendants out of court.
If you disagree with the terms offered for settling out of court, then your case might proceed to trial. At this point, your lawyer will prepare and file a lawsuit, a process that could take a month. You should however expect more delays since courts are usually very busy and it might take more time to set a suitable trial date.
Accident Advice Helpline is a reputable law firm that has helped thousands of people to successfully file compensation claims. We have many experienced solicitors working with us and we will help you get in touch with one who is specialised in personal injury compensation claims. We take the pain out of making injury claims, leaving you free to recuperate in peace. We also do our best to hasten the compensation process so you can get back to your normal life as soon as possible.
Date Published: September 24, 2013
Author: David Brown