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How long will a auto accident settlement take?

How long should it take to settle my auto accident claim?  The time it takes to settle a claim is dependant upon several simple factors, Lets discuss each.

First, how serious are the injuries and how much treatment will they require.  Serious injury means more treatment and more delay.  Do not consider settling your case until your injuries are resolved or have gotten the best they can be.
Second, how long will it be before you submit medical bills, a report and proof of wage loss.  The quicker you submit these documents to the other party’s insurance company, the faster your claim will be resolved.  However, remember that you cannot expect to submit these documents until you are done treating.

After submitting all the necessary documents, you can expect at least 30 to 45 days for the insurance company to determine their first offer.  Do not be surprised if the offer is low and seems silly.  They do not know what you really want at this stage. 
Over the next several weeks to months, there will be a give and take process of settlement.  It is important to have patience.  The insurance company tries to wear you down.  The more you are patient and affirmative the more likely your case will settle.
Normal settlement time after release from treatment is usually between 3 and 8 months, whether you have an attorney or not.  If you are unsure you need an attorney, review this article first.  Maintain your composure and patience and you will be rewarded with a satisfactory settlement.  If you feel that you need help, or simply do not have the time required to handle your case properly, consider hiring us for your case.  Call for a free consultation at 1888 752-7474 or use our email contact form. 

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