Why do personal injury cases take a long time to settle?
There are no two personal injury cases that are exactly alike. That is because injuries affect everyone a bit differently. While we all have the same parts, the effect of trauma on those parts is individual to each of us.
That is one reason personal injury cases can take awhile—because the evolution of personal injury cases and the time to present an injury case depends on the extent and duration of the injury. In other words, until a person’s injury resolves with medical care, the claim is not ripe for presentation for settlement.
The other reason injury cases can take time is due to the fact that we have to deal with insurance companies. We know that insurance companies want to hold on to their money for as long as possible. No matter how much or hard we push and prove the case to be worthy of a settlement, Insurance company personnel most like the words “no, no and no”. Getting insurance company personnel from “no” to “yes” often takes work, and time.
Many attorneys (the big advertising attorneys) often don’t want to take the time required to get the right settlement for their clients. Get it done, out the door and onto the next one—that’s how they make their money and are able to handle so many cases to pay for their big advertising budgets.
Sometimes, it takes more. It takes time—and filing a lawsuit, working and proving your case and making the insurance adjuster “blink”. As a trial lawyer, we know that the case needs to be properly investigated, worked and proven to the insurance people. Doing this is the only way to making them pay the value of the case.
Trial lawyers know this and are willing to do what it takes. Most of the big ad firms don’t want to file lawsuits, and the insurance companies know this. As such, they offer less money because they know the big ad firms will take it, then move on to the next one.
Want a fair settlement for your case? Find a Law Firm that is willing to file a lawsuit for you and your case. If not, look elsewhere. The term “fight for your rights”? That comes from filing lawsuits—not merely buckling to the last offer because you have a big ad budget to pay for.