How Long Does it Take to Settle a Car Accident Claim?

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How Long Does it Take to Settle a Car Accident Claim?

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Clients often ask us at the initial consultation how soon they can get their money after their car accident. Unfortunately, we cannot answer that question with any certainty. All we can say is that the process takes time, and it depends on many factors.

You do not have much control over the timing of the legal process after a car accident. Your best hope is that you can reach a settlement with the insurance company, but you may not want to settle your claim too quickly. This is because the first offer from the insurance company is usually low, and you do not want to run to accept it. Then, you would be leaving money on the table.

Usually, settlements take time to negotiate. You will exchange offers and counteroffers with the insurance company to get closer to what you legally deserve. You may even have to file a lawsuit first to put the pressure on the insurance company to negotiate.

All of this is to say that the settlement process could take months or years. Much of it depends on the insurance company and how reasonable they are during settlement negotiations. They have the ability to add time to the process. This is why you need an aggressive and experienced attorney to put the pressure on the insurance company and to let them know that they cannot take your legal rights for granted. Otherwise, they will do everything they can to take liberties with you.

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The best thing that you can do after a personal injury is to contact a lawyer to look out for you. Call Walton Telken at 844-307-7349 or contact us online to get an experienced attorney on your case.


What do I do when the settlement offer is low?

You can reject it and make your own demand.

What should I do when the insurance company calls me?

You do not have to talk to them. In fact, it is a bad idea to speak with them.

Can I afford a personal injury lawyer?

Absolutely. It will cost you nothing out of your pocket.

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