Why Is It Taking So Long To Settle My Car Accident Claim?
Have you been injured in a Fresno car accident? Are you worried that it will take years to settle your claim and get your money from a car accident? Are you scared that if you hire a car accident attorney that it will take much longer to settle you claim? Is the insurance company for the other driver telling you that you can settled more quickly if you deal directly with them? These are all valid questions that many car accident victims have as they are dealing with the frustrating consequences of a car crash. We want you to know that you do not need to do this alone — our personal injury attorneys can help.
Reasons Why Your Car Accident Claim Is Not Settled
The expenses from a car crash begin almost immediately after the collision. You have medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and other out-of-pocket expenses that begin to pile up after an automobile accident. In addition to your financial damages, you also suffer physical pain, stress, and anxiety from the accident. You deserve to be compensated for all of your damages and it is understandable you want (and need) this compensation as soon as possible.
Car accident cases can take several months to a few years to settle depending on the severity of your injuries and damages. The insurance company is correct about one thing — you can settle your insurance claim quickly by working with the insurance company. However, if you settle you claim too quickly, you may not receive all of the compensation you deserve. Quick settlements can significantly reduce the amount of compensation you are entitled to receive under California’s personal injury laws. Consulting with a Fresno car accident lawyer may lengthen the time it takes to settle your case but you have a better chance of receiving full compensation by hiring an experienced attorney.
Other factors that could delay settlement in a car accident case include:
Fault is Difficult to Prove
In order to receive compensation from the other driver, you must first prove that the other driver was at fault for the accident. You must also prove that your injuries and damages are a direct result of the automobile accident. If liability is difficult to prove, it may take your attorney longer to gather the evidence needed to convince the insurance company or a jury that the other driver is responsible for your damages. When fault is in question, the insurance company for the other driver will not be as willing to settle. Unfortunately, this can lengthen the time it takes to settle your claim but you want your attorney to take every step he can to ensure you receive the maximum compensation available in your case.
You Have Ongoing Medical Expenses
You never want to settle a car accident claim until you have fully recovered from your injuries. Until your doctor knows the full extent of your injuries and the potential life-long disability from those injuries, it is impossible to calculate the value of your claim. You may need money for your claim now but settling your claim before you have recovered may result in you paying for future medical costs out of your own pocket.
Consult With An Experienced Fresno Personal Injury Attorney
The car accident attorneys of Torem & Associates work diligently to ensure your car accident claim is settled as quickly as possible for a fair and just amount. Call our office at (888) 500-5000 to schedule your free case evaluation.