We represent clients who have been injured in a number of different ways some of which involve car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, slip and fall or trip and fall cases, dog bite injuries, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and a number of other types of accidents and one of the questions that they have for our Connecticut accident and injury lawyers is: how long will it take to settle my Connecticut personal injury case? The answer to that question is generally always the same and that answer is: "it depends."
So what factors dictate how long it will take to resolve your Connecticut accident case?
Generally speaking, a Connecticut injury case cannot be resolved until such time as the injured party has reached maximum medical improvement or that point in time where they are as well as they are going to be. In other words, their treating physician will advise the injured party that there is nothing more that can be done for them and they will be discharged from that doctor's care. In such a case, one of two things will have occurred: the injured party will be in exactly the same condition they were in one second before the accident happened; or the injured party will have an accident related permanent disability.
An experienced Connecticut accident lawyer will advise his or her client that some or all of the following issues need to be addressed:
- liability on the part of the other party needs to be established;
- all accident related medical bills and out-of-pocket expenses need to be compiled;
- all medical records and reports need to be obtained; all lost wages need to be calculated;
- all future medical bills and procedures need to be determined; all future lost wages need to be calculated;
- a detailed description of the pain and suffering of the injured party needs to be documented and explained;
- any and all evidence and documentation needs to be gathered and presented to the insurance party of the at fault party; and
- any and all other information needs to be gathered and presented to the insurance company in a comprehensive format to fully explain all of the injuries and damages suffered by the victim.
So one thing that will determine how long it takes to settle your Connecticut personal injury case is how long you will need to treat for your accident related injuries. Another thing that will determine how long it may take to settle your Connecticut accident case is whether or not there is sufficient insurance coverage to properly compensate you for your injuries and damages. So for example, if your case has a value of $200,000 and the insurance carried by the at fault party is only $100,000, and there are no other assets that are owned by the at fault party, then your attorney may be able to settle your case sooner rather than later because of the fact that there is insufficient limits of liability to properly compensate you for your injuries and damages.
There are also a great number of other issues that need to be considered by your Connecticut accident and injury law attorney in attempting to resolve your Connecticut personal injury case. An experienced Connecticut injury attorney can advise you as to what you should be doing and what you should not be doing and how you can assist your attorney in helping you obtain the most amount of money possible for your Connecticut accident case. Please visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com where you can download a free copy of our book which will explain how a Connecticut personal injury case is developed, what you need to be doing as the injured party, what you should not be doing as the injured party, and how you can help your attorney get you more money for your Connecticut injury case.