Pursuant to the Louisiana Civil Code, accident victims have one year from the date of the incident to file a claim against the party liable for their injuries. Considering how quickly the costs of recovering from serious injuries can add up, though, many plaintiffs aim to settle their claim as soon as possible so they can resolve their case quickly and recover compensation before the mounting medical bills threaten their financial security.
Unfortunately, a quick settlement is rarely a fair one, and the proceedings for securing adequate compensation following a preventable accident are typically lengthy. But you don’t have to navigate them alone. A seasoned injury attorney can help you avoid making mistakes along the way that could delay your settlement or compromise your ability to recover fair compensation.
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If you were hurt in an accident that was not your fault and you want to resolve your claim as quickly as possible, contact Laborde Earles Law Firm. Our attorneys have the resources, knowledge, and courtroom experience to help you fight for the maximum compensation.
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How Long Does It Take to Resolve a Personal Injury Claim?
Every personal injury lawsuit is different, and as such, there is no set timeline for resolving claims. The total duration of your case will ultimately depend on a variety of factors, which you and you attorney can discuss during the consultation.
It can take anywhere from a few weeks to several years to resolve an injury claim. Receiving a check just a few weeks after the accident may sound like the ideal scenario, but in general, it is not a good idea to accept the insurance adjuster’s initial offer.
For one, you may not know the full extent of your injuries less than a month after you sustained them. Since future medical costs can be included in the calculations when determining damages, it is essential that you have a thorough understanding of the kind of care you will need going forward before negotiating for a settlement.
Additionally, the insurance company’s first offer will almost always be a low-ball one. They are hoping the claimants will be so eager to have cash in hand that the claimants will not stop and take the time to consider all possible costs, both economic and non-economic, that they incurred as a result of the injuries.
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If you are willing to put in the time when it comes to negotiating for a fair settlement, though, you may eventually be able to secure an amount that is several times the insurance adjuster’s first offer. Thus, it is not unreasonable to expect your claim to take anywhere from six to 18 months to resolve. If your case involves a significant amount of money or your injuries are so severe that there is no way to determine future medical costs after just a few months of recovery, you can expect it to take longer.
If you were hurt as the result of someone else’s negligence and you want a seasoned ally by your side during settlement negotiations, contact Laborde Earles Law Firm. A Baton Rouge injury attorney from our firm will help you navigate the claims process and avoid costly mistakes. Call 800-522-6733 to schedule a free case consultation