If you were involved in a Personal Injury Accident in Tennessee or Georgia, you probably have a lot of questions. However, one of the most common questions that accident victims have has to do with the length of time it will take to settle a Personal injury claim.
Now, it's important to note that just because you hired a Personal Injury Attorney does NOT mean that you have just sped up the process of your claim.
In fact, it can often take longer for you to receive your settlement, but don't run away yet, there's a good reason for this!
When the insurance company finds out that you have hired an attorney to represent you, they will change their tactics.
Instead of rushing you into a settlement, they will drag their feet in the hopes that you become frustrated and agree to take a much lower settlement than you actually deserve.
They do this because they know if you can be patient and you have an attorney, you will end up receiving much more money then
they initially intended on giving you.
Luckily for you, The Roth Firm Attorneys have been dealing with insurance companies for decades. We know the strategies to help you receive the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve.
Once you hire one of our exceptional Personal Injury Accident Attorneys, the length of time it will take to settle your claim will depend upon the following:
When you Reach Maximum Level of Physical Recovery
The severity of the accident and injuries that were suffered will play a huge factor in the length of time that your claim will take to settle.
You cannot receive a settlement check until you have been released from your doctor. Your doctor will make sure that you have reached a maximum level of physical recovery before you are released.
For some individuals, this can take several months, while for others it may only take a month or two.
Rushing this step in the process will only hurt you in the long run. Once you have been released, you will not be able to go back and try to get more medical treatment under the accident claim.
You have one chance at receiving medical treatment, so follow your doctor's instructions, go to every appointment and do not quit treatment early.
How Long it Takes to Collect Medical Records and Bills in GA | TN
When your doctor believes that you have reached the maximum level of physical recovery, you will be released along with your medical records and bills.
Your attorney will collect this documentation from your doctor along with any other bills that accumulated as a direct result of your accident.
Time Missed at Work: if you missed time at work, your attorney will need to collect documentation from your employer stating the wages you would have received had you not been injured in the accident.
Property Damage: if your personal injury accident included damages to property such as a car or motorcycle, your attorney will also need the paperwork stating the amount of damage that occurred to your property.
Miscellaneous: in some situations, other bills will accumulate as a direct result of the accident, it's up to you to keep receipts of all expenses that you accumulated and present these receipts to your attorney for reimbursement.
Once your attorney is able to gather all of the necessary documentation needed to ask for a settlement, they will send a demand letter to the insurance company stating all of the expenses that you had as a result of the accident, and the amount that they believe you deserve to be compensated for.
This time frame will depend on who quickly each person sends documentation. The doctor's office, an employer etc. will need to be timely in sending over this information to move your case along.
The Length of Time it Takes for the Insurance Company to Respond
Once your attorney has sent your demand letter to the insurance company, we are all at their mercy when it comes to how long it will take to receive a response.
As stated earlier, often times insurance companies will drag their feet about responding and will take their time before answer your attorney.
Unfortunately, when they do finally respond it is often with a counter offer, offering you a lower settlement than what your attorney has asked for.
This can turn into a back and forth game between the attorney and the insurance company until a settlement can be reached.
Of course, your attorney will NEVER accept an offer without first consulting with you. You make the ultimate decision about what you are willing to agree to. Your attorney will obviously provide their professional opinion every step of the way.
Choosing the Right Personal Injury Attorney
When you become involved in a Personal Injury Accident in Georgia or Tennessee, it's important to choose a personal injury lawyer who has experience handling similar cases to yours.
The Lawyers at The Roth Firm have many years of experience representing various PI Accident cases.
All of our attorneys have the training and skills to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation that you are owed for the injuries and damages that you have suffered.
We know how to handle the insurance companies, we are no strangers to their tactics, and we will make sure that you do not accept a settlement offer that is not fair.
We offer a free consultation to see how we can best assist with your accident case.
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