Personal injury law can be complex, and that means your case can sometimes drag on for months or even years. Many cases can hit common roadblocks that cause significant delays, but if you’re smart about how you approach your case, you may be able to avoid these delays or severely shorten their duration. In today’s blog, we take a closer look at some of the most common sources of delays in a personal injury case, and we provide one big tip for helping you avoid them.
Common Delays In An Injury Case
Here’s a look at some common places where many injury cases stall, and how you can help avoid these roadblocks.
1. Medical Care – If you are seriously injured in a personal injury or car accident, it’s going to take some time to sort out your short-term and long-term medical costs. You don’t want to rush to a settlement that doesn’t appropriately consider the long-term effects of your injuries. If you have severe or complex injuries, be prepared to expect some delays with your case, but this is just to ensure all your needs are considered.
2. Evidence Collection – Both sides are going to need to gather evidence in order to help support their claim, and oftentimes this evidence can come from third-party sources that are less than speedy in their ability to get you what you need in a timely fashion. Be prepared to wait on police reports, medical examination results (especially if it comes from an independent medical examiner) and any government body that has information vital to your case.
3. Investigation – Even though you’ve told your side of the story, there will likely be an investigation by the insurance company to ensure everything happened the way it did. Sometimes this can happen quickly if there is video evidence that can back up your claim, but oftentimes it’s not that simple. If it’s a he said, she said disagreement between two parties or drivers with different stories, it’s going to take time to sift through the evidence, reach out to witnesses and really figure out what went down.
4. Lawsuit – Finally, if a settlement cannot be reached and your need to take your case before a judge, expect some delays. Court schedules can get backed up, parties will ask for extensions, and the insurance company may even intentionally try to delay your case so that you take another look at that settlement offer because you just want things to end. You may have reached the final stage, but expect some more delays before you reach the finish line.
So how can you work to avoid or limit these delays? The single best thing you can do to limit these delays is to connect with an experienced personal injury lawyer like Dean and the team at Margolis Law Firm. We can light a fire under the right departments, streamline the evidence collection and investigation process, and connect with medical experts who can project all the medical expenses you might incur based on your injuries. We know that putting an end to your case is important to you, but so too is getting a fair settlement. We can help ensure you get a quick resolution and a hefty payday. For help with your injury case, or to see if we may be able to speed up the process of your claim, reach out to Dean Margolis today at (952) 230-2700.