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How Long Will It Take To Settle My Chicago Car Accident Case?

Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd.
Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd.

January 26, 2014

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If you have been injured in a car accident in Chicago, one of the first things you want to know is how long it will take to get paid for your accident. In general, it can take anywhere from six months to two years. In some Illionis car accident cases involving serious injuries or complex facts, it can take even longer. Each case is unique and there are multiple factors which can determine how long your car accident case will take to settle. Although you need your money as soon as possible, you don’t want to rush an accept a settlement that is too low because you only get one shot at this, an you need to make sure you recover enough compensation to cover all of your long-term needs and expenses create by your accident.

Your Injuries

You need to know the extent of your injuries and how they will affect you over time. That can mean waiting until you have completed treatment for your injuries. Depending on the type and seriousness of your injuries, they may get worse with time. It is critical to your case that you ask for enough money up front.

Once you receive your verdict or settlement, you will not be allowed to go back and ask for more if you discover that you need more medical care than you realized or will not be able to work again.

Settlement or Trial

Some cases are relatively easy to settle. One of our Chicago car accident attorneys will try to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company. If a fair settlement agreement cannot be reached, we will talk to you about taking the case to trial. We will prepare your case to go to a jury trial in order to ensure that we maximize your recovery. Even when a case is set for trial, it is common to resolve the case out of court with settlement.

If you have questions about car accident settlements, call us today at (312) 313-2888.

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