How long slip and fall settlements take depends on various factors. These include:
- The severity and prognosis of your injuries
- How long it takes to gather evidence
- Whether the other party disputes fault
- The negotiation process
The Severity and Prognosis of Your Injuries
You never want to settle a claim until you know the severity and prognosis of your injuries. If you need several surgeries or long-term rehabilitation, you may not yet know all the costs. It may take weeks or months of recovery and rehabilitation until you know if you will fully recover.
If you settle too early and later find out you will need lifelong care, you cannot ask for more compensation.
Receiving a prognosis for your injuries could take anywhere from a few months to a few years.
How Long It Takes to Gather Evidence
To win a claim for a slip and fall accident, you have to prove that the property owner or manager was at fault for the problem that caused the fall. You will need evidence to prove this, which may include pictures, eyewitness statements, and investigating how long the danger that caused your fall was there.
Some of this evidence, such as surveillance video of the accident or a store’s maintenance policies, is in the hands of the other party and might prove difficult to obtain. For this reason, there is no way to estimate how long gathering this evidence can take.
Whether the Other Party Disputes Fault
Unless liability is clear-cut, you can be sure the other party will dispute fault or try to blame you. This can delay your settlement considerably.
We will build a strong case to lessen the other party’s ability to dispute fault or to place any blame on you.
The Negotiation Process
The first offer from the insurer is likely much lower than you need to cover your losses. We will negotiate with the other party until it offers a settlement you deserve. However, we might require rounds of negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurer which could take weeks or months.
Do I Have to Settle My Case Within a Certain Period?
Yes. Per Georgia law, you have two years to settle your claim or to file a lawsuit.
If you attempt to file a claim or lawsuit outside of this statute of limitations, the insurer or court will likely deny your claim. If the time limit is fast approaching and the insurer still refuses to offer you a fair settlement, we might consider taking your case to court.
Call the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. Today
Jason R. Schultz will do everything he can to settle your case quickly and get you the settlement you deserve for your premises liability claim. For a free evaluation, call the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. at 404-474-0804 today.