When Will I Receive My Personal Injury Settlement?

personal-injury-claimsWinning Compensation Can Take Time

Clients often want to know how long it will take for them to obtain a settlement after they begin a personal injury claim.  We understand the need to receive compensation for expensive medical bills and out-of-pocket expenses that few people can afford.  Unfortunately, obtaining a settlement can be a lengthy process.  The length of time it takes to receive a settlement following the date of injury is variable and can be difficult to estimate.

There are a few key factors that can affect how long you might wait for a settlement.

Severity of the Injury

The more severe the injury, the longer the treatment.  It can be difficult to assess future complications and/or permanent injuries until an individual has been treated for a significant period of time, or until maximum medical improvement is reached.  Further, there is only one opportunity to settle a claim, and once a settlement is reached, you would be barred from any future recovery.  One of the biggest mistakes someone can make is settling too soon before fully understanding the severity of the injury and what future medical treatment or equipment might be needed.

Questionable Liability

When a question of liability arises, settling a case quickly and for an adequate value can be more difficult.  As opposed to the typical rear-end car accident where liability is easily analyzed, when there is a question of liability, litigation may be required.  When liability is questioned, an attorney may need to hire experts to provide opinions in an attempt to convince the insurance adjuster or opposing attorney that their client is at fault.

Necessity of Litigation

Frequently, litigation is required to obtain the maximum recovery.  Litigation is a lengthy and time-consuming process that can span a period of years.  Once litigation commences, the opposing attorneys will want to perform discovery to learn more about the injured individual, including prior medical history.  Depositions will also be taken to assess the individual filing the personal injury claim, allowing the defense attorney to size up the plaintiff and provide additional information to an insurance adjuster.  This is a required process that extends the length of time necessary to obtain a settlement.

In addition to these factors, there are often unavoidable delays in requesting medical records and supporting documentation for your claim.  There is also time involved in crafting an effective demand package which explains your injuries, pain, and suffering to an insurance adjuster who would otherwise only see you as a claim number.

Our firm has extensive experience settling and litigating personal injury cases.  Let us help you with your personal injury case so that you can focus on your health and recovery.  Please call today for a no-fee consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys.

About Jeffrey Ries, Esquire

Jeffrey D. Ries, Esquire focuses his practice in the areas of municipal law and zoning, personal injury, criminal law, family law, civil litigation and bankruptcy. A native of the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Attorney Ries earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (cum laude) and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Ries is admitted to the highest court in the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, as well as to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He maintains membership in the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and serves as Vice President of the Steel Valley Rotary.