This depends quite a bit on how long your medical treatment lasts. We cannot move forward with negotiations on the settlement of your case until your doctor reports that your injuries have stabilized or are completely resolved. We do not want to settle your case before you are physically ready to move on from the accident. In settling your bicycle, motorcycle, pedestrian or auto accident case, you will be required by the third party’s insurance company to sign a full “Release of All Claims.” This means that you will waive your right to make any other claims against the person who injured you with regard to this particular accident once you have received your settlement.

Once you sign the settlement release, you can no longer recover money for damages you may suffer after the settlement. This is why it is so important to wait to settle the case until you are completely finished with your medical treatment related to the accident. For information on situations where you might want to consider settling your case before you are finished with all medical treatment (like where you have suffered a permanent injury or will require a future surgery), check out my post on how to settle your case if you have more medical treatment.

In the meantime, while you are receiving all of the necessary treatment you need, our personal injury traffic accident team will gather all of the relevant information we need to build your case. We can obtain some documentation in the case (like the police report, witness statements, ambulance bills and emergency room records) even when you are still in treatment. Then, once you have completed treatment, we will obtain the final documentation and draft a settlement demand packet.

The demand packet is the universe of information in your case (police reports and witness statements, medical documentation, loss of earnings information, details about your pain and suffering, etc.) accompanied by a well-written letter setting out all of the details of your case. We place a specific settlement demand dollar amount in the letter (that is approved by you) and give the insurance carrier 30 days to respond to our demand with an offer. (For more information on the demand letter process, check out my Vlog post on demand letters.) The negotiations will go back and forth for a few weeks (or up to a couple of months.)

If we reach an acceptable number, we settle the case and complete the final paperwork, which takes a few weeks (note that if your case is against a governmental entity, this can take much longer.) If we cannot reach an acceptable number through negotiating with the insurance carrier, we will file a lawsuit and proceed with litigation and possibly trial. This process can take 18 months or longer, but the exact timeframe can be determined more accurately by your personal injury attorney once suit is filed.

Accident Client

“Last March, my partner was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. During this difficult time of healing, we knew that bills were going to pile up and his was going to be a long process. After looking at multiple law firms, we knew that Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers was going to be the best place to work with. Lauren and her team were patient, supportive and caring during his difficult time. His schedule was always busy with work and doctor appointments that his main source of communication was through email. Lauren and her team made it to where he didn’t have to worry about anything but just sending over the paper work he got from the hospital, and other bill collectors involving his incident and they worried about the rest.

Because of all their help my partner Aaron, was able to heal with less worries on his shoulders. By end of December, everything was settled and we were pleased with the results. I’d like to give a huge thank you to Lauren & the Sally Morin team. If you’re looking for a law firm for your incident, I’d definitely look at this law firm.”

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KNOW HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AFTER AN ACCIDENT

It is essential to know your rights after a traffic accident so you can protect yourself and the value of your claim.
This guide will help you:

  • 1Know what to do when dealing with insurance claims, police reports and lawyers.
  • 2Avoid making mistakes that undermine the value of your claim
  • 3Put yourself in a position to get the best settlement possible