Q: How long does it typically take to come to close on a personal injury case.
I was in accident a few months ago. Seeked a lawyer for help. Been going to my all my chiropractor appointment up until recently because I'm so fed up that this is taking so long to solve. This lawyer has not gave me any information as to where this case is going but to
"continue your treatment." What should I do? Can I hire another lawyer and leave this one?
A: Personal injury cases do take some time. I tell my clients that we like to get cases resolved, if possible, within 12 months. Some settle sooner than that and some take a long time. For example, if the insurance company does not offer a reasonable settlement, we file a lawsuit for our client and that process can take years.
Having said that, you should have a discussion with your current lawyer and see what he/she thinks about your medical treatment and how much longer you may need treatment. This decision ultimately is up to you.
A: If you settle after a couple of months (assuming you don't have a fracture) understand the insurance company assumes you will be well in a couple of weeks after that. So you will get a very low settlement.
Remember, your lawyer isn't "dragging things out" unnecessarily--they only get paid when they get money for you.
But rushing a soft tissue case with primarily chiropractic treatment isn't going to get you anything except a cheap settlement offer.
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