Q: How long does it take to settle a personal injury claim in Georgia?
A:The amount of time it takes to settle a personal injury claim will depend on the complexity of your case. More severe injuries or difficulty in determining negligence can cause it to take longer. But it may also be impacted by whether or not you have secured help from a Georgia personal injury lawyer.
It generally takes a few months to settle a fairly straightforward claim. When negligence is obvious and your injuries are minor, it is less time-consuming. However when your injuries are severe, you may need to wait until you have gone through most of your treatment.
You don’t want to settle your claim before you have been fully cared for. This way you can ask for all of your medical expenses to be covered. You also want to take into account the income you have been without. If you must wait a couple of months for surgery, your future lost earnings should be part of your claim.
Determining who was at fault for the accident isn’t so cut and dried - this can also cause a delay in reaching a settlement. You will need to have time to gather all the evidence you can to demonstrate the other driver’s liability. Some of the evidence may be easily accessible while obtaining other pieces may require more time and effort.
Another thing that can cause a settlement to take longer is if your claim involves a third party. For instance, if you were injured in a truck accident and it’s discovered that not only was the driver liable but their employer was as well, this will require a more lengthy investigation.
Contacting a Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer to Pursue a Claim
If you were the victim of an accident, you have rights that the insurance companies cannot ignore. Read our free eBook on The Ultimate Guide to Accident Cases in Georgia: The Truth about your Injury Case.
While they have a team of lawyers working on their side, shouldn’t you have experienced legal representation fighting for your best interests? Before accepting any settlement offer, contact the Law Offices of Jason Schultz to schedule a FREE consultation on your case – 404-474-0804.