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!
Hi I’m Mike Hancock with Hancock injury attorneys and today we’re going to talk about how long it usually takes to resolve a personal injury claim. I like to explain to my clients that you may fall into one of three different categories of injuries. Personal injury claims the first of those three categories is a category where hopefully within 30 days all of the injuries that they sustained in the accident have gone away, gotten better and your doctors have told you that there’s no need for continuing medical treatment. And those types of claims we are able to go ahead and wrap up your personal injury claim within 30 to 60 days.
The second category of case that I’d like to describe with my clients is the category where at the end of that first 30 days or four to six weeks after the accident all of your pains have not gone away and you may still be having neck pain back pain or you may have some type of other shoulder related issue that has not yet completely healed.
Typically in my experience if the injury has not healed within four to six weeks is typically going to be one that might be pass help within four to six months so either were able to essentially employee information and attempt to settle within about 30 to 60 days if your injuries go away within 30 days otherwise you’re falling into the category we’re at the end of four to six months were able to gather up all the appropriate records from your doctors with opinions such as what exactly your injuries were as a result of the accident how much your medical bills have been as a result of the accident what your prognosis is and that’s one of the most important things in helping to evaluate your claim.
We need to know the whether any problems you’re going to have in the future and how long those problems may last into the future we need to know whether it’s going to be something that is just going to be with you another six months to a year or something that’s going to be chronic for the rest of your life with your doctor to prepare the appropriate report with not only the diagnosis but the prognosis. The plan for future treatment and the costs expected, cost of the future treatment and then with that information we go ahead in evaluate and prepared to me and in your case and in the third category case is one where at the end of four to six months my client may still be suffering from the injuries caused by the accident he may have a situation where they still have neck problems or tingling and numbness going down and arm tingling and numbness and pain going down from the lower back into their leg or legs and that point for my clients who aren’t yet heald at 4 to 6 months typically their orthopedic surgeons or orthopedic doctors are then going to be making referral out for additional medical careto see what in addition to physical therapy might be necessary to alleviate your pain. It could be anywhere from pain management to additional physical therapy or it could be a surgical recommendation. So at that point we then have the opportunity with all the appropriate records and opinions from your doctors go ahead and try to evaluate your case get all the appropriate records regarding the diagnosis and prognosis and future medical expenses gather that all together and try your case and then make a demand to settle your case.
So those are the three different categories that I typically see with my clients different types of injury claims. Please give me a call with any questions you may have Call me, Mike Hancock with Hancock injury attorneys at 8139151110.