Jun 15, 2022 | CHASENBOSCOLO

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The goal of any personal injury claim is to garner financial compensation from the party responsible for your injuries so you can recover your health without going into debt.

You may be concerned about the timeframe of a personal injury case. This is understandable. You would like to see the matter resolved quickly so you can move on with your life. The Virginia personal injury attorneys of CHASENBOSCOLO understand this and take pains to leverage every resource at our disposal to resolve your case, either in the form of a settlement or, if settlement negotiations are unsuccessful, at trial.

Below are some of the elements that determine how long you may expect your case to last.

The Complexity of the Personal Injury Case Investigation

You can be assured that the lawyers at CHASENBOSCOLO will work hard to investigate every detail of your case. We have members on our team dedicated to thoroughly and efficiently gathering evidence so we can piece together the events that led to your injury.

However, investigations can be complex in some cases. Extensive documentation may need to be collected and analyzed. Numerous witnesses may need to be interviewed, some of whom may be hard to reach. The at-fault party’s cooperation or lack of cooperation may also influence how long it takes to wrap up an investigation.

Assessment of Injuries and Future Medical Needs

A detailed assessment of your injuries is a critical component of any personal injury case. The nature and complexity of your injuries may factor into how long it takes to settle your case. We usually can’t enter into settlement negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company until your treatment is complete or until you have reached “maximum medical improvement.” That means it’s unlikely that your condition would continue to improve.

At CHASENBOSCOLO, we talk with medical experts, examine all medical records, and carefully determine your future medical needs and costs, if ongoing treatment is required. The time needed to accurately complete this process is time well spent. In the long run, it is in your best interests to get the care and treatment you need.

Dealing with the Other Party’s Insurance Company

Some accidents are fairly straightforward, and the insurance company may not dispute liability. In other situations, insurance companies can be difficult. They might even refuse to admit any fault on the part of their client. A long and difficult fight with an unruly insurance company may delay the settlement of a personal injury case.

Insurance companies might also fight us on the dollar amount of damages you deserve. Our team believes it is worth it to pursue fair and comprehensive damages. This is where our experience and negotiating skills come to the rescue. We are not afraid of fighting for what you deserve. However, a reluctant insurance company can slow things down.

Involvement of Multiple Parties

how longWhen multiple parties are involved, an accident may not be as straightforward as one party injuring another. Complex cases are more time-consuming. The more parties there are, the more lawyers and insurance companies there are to deal with. We have extensive experience handling complex cases, but they often require more time to settle than cases with fewer parties.

Dealing with Your Own Insurance Company

In Virginia, drivers are not required to purchase auto insurance if they pay an annual fee. Estimates are that about ten percent of Virginia drivers are uninsured. If one of them injures you in an accident, you may need to file a claim with your own insurance company. Unfortunately, companies sometimes challenge these claims, which adds another step to the process. This may be the case even if you have faithfully paid your premiums on time for years. Fortunately, CHASENBOSCOLO has experience handling these situations.

Get Help Today from CHASENBOSCOLO

Without knowing all the details, it is difficult to predict how long a case may take. Even as experienced personal injury lawyers, we won’t be able to provide an exact assessment of how long it will take to get the compensation you deserve.

When it comes to taking legal action in a personal injury case, it is always better to start as soon as you can. The clock starts clicking as soon as you are involved in an accident. In Virginia, the statute of limitations allows a two-year window for filing a lawsuit against the person who was responsible for your injuries. This makes it imperative that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible.

The Virginia personal injury attorneys of CHASENBOSCOLO are ready to represent you in pursuit of the compensation you deserve. The first step in receiving fair compensation for your injuries is to contact us now at (301) 220-0050. Let us get started on your case today.