A question Mike gets asked a lot is “how long does it take to resolve a personal injury claim?” Here, he answers that question for you!
If you’ve been in a car accident in Florida recently, you might have many questions about what to do next. You are probably in physical pain, are worried about ever getting back to full health, and you have rising medical bills and possible lower wages from missed time from work. The majority of our clients have never had to talk with an attorney before, so we created this page about how the process works.
How Long will my Personal Injury Claim Take?
When you’ve been injured in a car accident, you face pain, anxiety and stress all while wondering how long it will be before everything is back the way it used to be. One of the questions you might have is how long is it going to take before you get your compensation?
There is no single answer, however, we see the time frames to complete a personal injury claim generally fall in three categories:
- Injured victim is fully healed within 30 days.
- Injured victim still experiencing some pain within four to six weeks.
- Victim not fully healed within four to six months.
Each of these categories has a different timeframe for completing the claim based on the types and severity of injuries and the patient’s response to treatment and therapy.
In all three, the patient has to reach some sort of medical conclusion—whether that’s means a full recovery or the need for future treatment—then the medical records are gathered and reviewed by our expert staff. Based on the prognosis of the doctor and after reviewing the plan for future medical treatment, then all of the past and future costs can be added and considered in a demand letter to the insurance company.
Victim Healed within 30 Days
These cases take about 30 to 60 days to settle after the person is fully recovered. Here, the patient has fully healed within 30 days or so, and the doctor has said that there are no outstanding medical issues related to the accident. After records are reviewed the demand letter is submitted, and the settlement process takes place and usually concludes within 30 to 60 days.
Victim Still not Healed in Four to Six Weeks
It may take three to four months to settle these cases. When a patient hasn’t fully healed by the four to six-week period after the accident, it has been our experience that there are some lingering medical issues that will likely take up to four months—or more—to resolve.
Once we believe that to be the case, we can start our process of getting medical records and look at the prognosis of the doctors. We then determine how long it might take to resolve the medical issues, and how much it will cost.
We also add up all future loss of wages, pain and suffering and other compensable damages. From this point, it typically takes 30 to 60 days to settle.
Victim not Healed within Four to Six Months
These may take from six to eight months to complete. In some of the cases where the injuries were more severe and it’s going to take much more time to heal, then we take a look at the prognosis of the patient at the four to six month period and get an idea of what further treatment and rehabilitation is needed.
It’s likely in these that the orthopedic and primary care doctors will refer the patient out to specialists for further treatment. Then we look at the likelihood of a full recovery, and if not, what type of future treatment is needed along with the scope of any permanent disability.
From here we put together a demand letter and will typically settle the case within 30 to 60 days.
Types of Lingering Pain and Medical Issues
For categories two and three, there are many typical types of injuries and symptoms that a patient is experiencing that have not resolved themselves within the 30-day time, with some taking six months or even longer. It’s these symptoms that will elicit the need for further treatment and provide the possibility of longer-term care and permanent disability.
Some of the symptoms that might still be lingering and require future treatment are:
- Neck Injuries with ongoing pain, stiffness and discomfort.
- Tingling and numbness going from neck down into arm.
- Continued back pain, upper and lower.
- Pain and burning feeling going from lower back down into legs.
These are just a few, and there are many injuries that could cause lingering, ongoing or even permanent pain, suffering and discomfort for the patient. These will all be taken into consideration for any demand for compensation and settlement.
Contact a Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer.
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Hancock Injury Attorneys has been representing clients in Tampa and surrounding communities since 1996.