There is no simple answer to that question. The most important factor will be how long it takes for the client to reach what is called maximum medical improvement. In other words, once the client is at a point where his or her condition cannot be improved any further with medical treatment, or the client has fully recovered.
The reason why it is important to wait to settle a claim until the client has reached maximum medical improvement is because the at fault driver’s insurance company will not be able to fully evaluate the claim without looking at a full and complete medical record. Attempting to settle a case during treatment may risk under valuing a claim.
Once the client has recovered or reached that level, the car accident lawyer can place the medical records, evidence of lost wages, and descriptions of the client’s pain and suffering into a demand package for the at-fault driver’s insurance adjuster.
The insurance company will almost always come back with a low ball offer. The car accident lawyer will then negotiate on the client’s behalf for the highest possible settlement.
Depending on the severity of the injury and the insurance company involved, the settlement negotiation may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
However, the best results come to those clients and attorneys who are willing to file a lawsuit if a proper settlement cannot be reached.
If you or a loved on have been involved in a car or truck accident and have questions about how long it may take to resolve, it is important that you call and speak to one of our experienced Atlanta car accident lawyers today.