Why is it Taking so Long to Settle My Personal Injury Case?

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No two personal injury cases are alike and neither is the length of time required for them to reach a settlement.

Several factors play a role in determining why one case might take longer to settle than another.

However, they can also be settled quickly as long as you are willing to accept less money.

If you are facing steep medical bills or the prospect of a lengthy rehabilitation period, a quick settlement might not be in your best interest since it likely will not cover these mounting expenses.

Why Some Personal Injury Cases Take Longer Than Others

Cases are as unique as the individuals themselves, but there are generally three main reasons why personal injury cases might drag on:

  1. Legal or factual issues with the case
  2. A large sum of money is at stake
  3. You did not reach a point of maximum medical improvement

If your case involves any of these circumstances, you might need to prepare yourself for a longer process. That said, if you have the patience to stay with it, you stand a better chance at obtaining the compensation you deserve.

Problems With the Case

This refers to issues with determining liability and damages. If you are having a difficult time proving whether or not the defendant was liable for your injuries, the insurance company will not offer you a reasonable settlement since they are unlikely to believe you have a legal right to it.

Additionally, if your physician cannot definitely link your injuries to the accident, this can also hurt your case.

Big Money is at Stake

Insurance companies either want to eliminate compensation or pay as little as possible, so when they are faced with a case that will likely yield a large sum of money in compensation, they will do whatever it takes to prolong the case to poke holes in your claim.

Only when they have exhausted all of their options and cannot attack your credibility will they begin to consider making a reasonable offer. Some insurance companies might also use this as a tactic since severely injured victims might not be willing or able to wait too long for compensation.

Maximum Medical Improvement

Lastly, your case might be taking time to settle because you are still in treatment for your injuries. The reason why it is best for accident victims to reach a point of maximum medical improvement is that it is difficult to assess the value of a case without knowing if or when you might fully recover.

Waiting will result in a more accurate valuation of your case and result in a better possibility of you obtaining the just compensation you deserve.

Personal Injury Attorneys in Greenville

If you or someone you love was injured due to the negligence of another, it is crucial to seek legal representation as soon as possible to protect your rights and fight for the compensation you need to move forward.

At Harris Law Firm, PLLC, our Greenville personal injury attorneys have served as steadfast allies and advocates of injury victims for over 30 years. You should not have to pay for someone else’s mistakes.

Get started on your case and contact us today at 877-714-4171 to schedule a free consultation with a trusted member of our legal team.

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W. Noel Harris, founder of Harris Law Firm, PLLC, is a distinguished personal injury attorney with a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Since 1981, he has been a dedicated member of the Plaintiff’s bar, specializing in personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and products liability. Known for his profound legal knowledge and tenacious client representation, Noel has over three decades of experience, yielding numerous million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. His commitment to justice is reflected in his memberships in prestigious legal associations, including the Mississippi and Arkansas Bars, Mississippi Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, and the National Trial Lawyers Association. Recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and holding an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, Noel’s expertise and ethical standards set him apart as a leading advocate for accident victims in Greenville, MS. Read

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