How Long Will My Accident Case Take?
Posted in Accident & Injury on August 5, 2014
Ohio personal injury attorney Mindy Elk Fisher shares important information about filing a claim after a motor vehicle accident.
Dealing with the aftermath of an automobile accident can be frustrating and exhausting as you deal with the other driver, their insurance company and your own insurance company to clean up the mess.
Once it’s been decided that you need to file a lawsuit in order to be compensated for your injuries, you may be wondering how long the legal process will take.
Litigation timelines will vary from per person and per case. Your accident case may be similar to someone else’s, but the details are always different. An experienced accident lawyer will tailor your case with an understanding of your specific losses and damages that require compensation. This can include lost wages, medical bills, hospital stays, prescription drugs and any other costs incurred due to the negligence of the other driver.
Before you file a claim, it is important to make sure you wait until you receive a long-term prognosis and to finish the treatment plan your doctor lays out for you. Your injuries may be much more severe than you think and, unfortunately, you may continue to suffer for a long time—perhaps even for the rest of your life.
Typically, an auto accident case can take anywhere from one to two years to complete within the state of Ohio. Again, this is a typical amount of time and it can vary due to many factors. Your case may go into the settlement phase very quickly which shortens the time greatly. However, you need to be aware that a settlement may not be your best option. Insurance companies are quick to offer early cash settlements that are small in comparison to what you will actually need to recover from a significant and/or permanent injury. An experienced attorney can help you navigate this very complicated and stressful time. At Elk & Elk, we take on the stress of litigation and proving your case as you focus on getting healthier and recovering as much as possible.
To learn more about personal injury law, I encourage you to watch the video above and to explore our educational website at www.elkandelk.com. If you have legal questions, please call us at 1-800-ELK-OHIO. I welcome your call.