The expenses of a car accident are immediate and ongoing. First, there are the immediate medical expenses and physical damages to your vehicle. Later, there are costs associated with the inability to work and the pain and suffering of living with your injuries. For all of these reasons, it is understandable that you would want your case to be processed swiftly.
Unfortunately, obtaining the compensation you need in a car accident case can take longer than you would like. Here are a few factors that could delay the outcome of your case.
You’re Not Willing to Settle
For car accident victims who need immediate cash to pay for expenses, settling before all facts can be compiled is quite common. Unfortunately, quick settlements can significantly shortchange you on the amount your claim will ultimately be worth. Insurance companies have been known to offer as little as 5-10 percent of the value of a claim early on in a case.
While holding out can be a smart choice, it will lengthen the processing time of your case. The amount of time will depend upon the unique circumstances surrounding your accident.
Liability Is Difficult to Prove
Sometimes, proving liability is straightforward. The responsible driver admits guilt, or impartial witnesses can testify to events. These tend to result in swift resolutions. In cases where liability is difficult to prove, however, insurance companies are much less likely to offer favorable settlements until you have filed a lawsuit and moved forward to obtain expert testimony. Unfortunately, these steps take time, and can significantly add to the duration of the case.
Expenses Are Difficult to Prove
Proving liability isn’t the only piece of a car accident case requiring evidence. You will also need to provide evidence that any claimed property damage or medical expenses are the direct result of your car accident. In cases where medical reports are not clear-cut or where the origins of property damage are uncertain, proving these damages can take more time.
You Have Ongoing Medical Expenses
If your car accident resulted in injuries, you will want to wait until you have healed as much as possible before moving forward with your injury lawsuit. This will help ensure that you obtain maximum compensation for all medical expenses associated with your injury. This process can be a delicate balancing act. You may need the money sooner, but you will be shorting yourself on higher payouts later by settling early. Your attorney can evaluate your situation and advise you on the best possible course to take for your financial and physical health.
If you are concerned about the amount of time your car accident case will take, seek out the legal counsel of the Angell Law Firm. With our years of experience in Atlanta car accident cases, we can help you find the best course of action that balances time considerations with your need for fair compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.