How Long Will It Take To Get Compensation For My Injuries?
Ideally, you would receive fair compensation for serious injuries within days or weeks of your accident. Unfortunately, complex personal injury claims rarely end that quickly. The settlement process involves several steps, some of which require months to complete. And if you must go to trial, it could be two years or longer before you see compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages. While most claims settle and do not take years to resolve, it could be a long time before you see any compensation money.
The most important thing you can do to avoid an overly long wait that ends in unsatisfactory compensation is to work with an experienced, dedicated personal injury attorney. At The Bendell Law Firm, PLLC, our lawyer has represented negligence victims for 25 years. Before that, Mr. Bendell worked as an insurance company defense attorney. He uses his deep knowledge of both sides of personal injury law to make your experience as efficient and fair as possible.
The Personal Injury Lawsuit Process
Besides meeting with an attorney and hiring them, your case formally begins when your lawyer files a complaint in court. The complaint officially begins your lawsuit. From there, your attorney will gather evidence through the discovery phase. Depositions from experts, witnesses and other parties, your medical records and other evidence will help your lawyer build a case for the amount of damages you are entitled to. While your lawyer should prepare for the possibility of a trial, most personal injury claims settle out of court.
Idaho law does not require insurance companies to settle a claim by a specific deadline. The law only requires that insurers settle “reasonably and promptly.” Insurers often try to frighten or exasperate claimants by dragging out their investigations as long as possible. This and other tricks can make your lawsuit drag on longer than necessary. Having an attorney who knows how to counter these schemes and ensure your claim proceeds within a reasonable timeline can help ensure the insurance company treats you with respect and negotiates in good faith.