How long does it take for a car accident case to settle?

It depends. Every case is different. It can take days, weeks, months, or even years before your case settles or comes to a resolution. Here is an overview of what to expect in your case accident case:

  1. You need to finish your medical treatment or have a good indication of how much medical treatment you will need in the future and how much it will cost. Without complete medical records and bills, it is difficult to know how much your case is worth.
  2. If you have an attorney, your attorney will need to request and receive all of your medical records and medical bills to submit to the insurance company. Your attorney will also need to verify how much you have lost in wages from your employer because of the accident and your injuries.
  3. Once your attorney has all of your medical records, medical bills, and a verification of your lost wages, your attorney can send a settlement demand letter to the insurance carrier of the person who caused the car accident and ask for money to make you whole.
  4. The insurance carrier typically responds within 30 days with an offer, but may take longer if they need more time to evaluate the demand letter or if they need additional documents to fully analyze your damages.
  5. After the insurance carrier has enough information to give an offer to settle, your attorney may negotiate with the insurance carrier to increase their offer.
  6. If you eventually agree to accept the insurance carrier's offer, your case settles, and your attorney will issue you a check from the settlement check. If you do not accept the insurance carrier's offer and they will not offer any more money, your attorney can file a lawsuit against the person who caused the accident and your damages.
  7. As soon as your lawsuit is filed, you have a trial date for approximately 1 to 1.5 years from the date of filing.
  8. After filing a lawsuit, the insurance company's offer can always increase and the option to settle is always available after filing a lawsuit.
  9. The vast majority of car accident lawsuits settle before trial, but not always. If you go to trial, the jury will decide how much to award you for all of your damages.

These are the basics of what to expect. Because of all of the variables involved, it is very difficult to say how long it will take for your case to settle or reach a resolution. Ultimately, all cases are different and vary in length.

At Lem Garcia Law, we handle your case as quickly, efficiently, and effectively as we can. See for yourself. Call us at (626) 337-1111.

By West Covina Car Accident Attorney, Lem Garcia