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How Long Does It Take to Settle a Car Accident in NY?

  • One of the most common questions that we hear from our clients is about the length of their car accident case. It’s a simple question, but not always easy to answer. Every car accident case is different. How long it takes to settle your car accident case in New York depends on many factors.

    After an injury, your NYC personal injury lawyer can help you settle in a reasonable time. Read on to learn more about the key factors in your car accident claim’s length. 

    Your Medical Care 

    More serious injuries like fractured or broken bones, surgeries, internal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries can take longer to settle. That’s because the amount of compensation for pain and suffering and medical bills will be greater. 

    We never want to settle a personal injury claim until we understand the full extent of our client’s injuries, and what future care, if any, will be needed. Waiting for our client’s medical care and treatment to be completed ensures that our clients receive proper compensation for their injury cases. 

    Once our clients have completed their medical treatment, we will collect and make sure we have all of their medical records and bills related to their injury. This will include narrative reports from their treating doctors, consultation reports, and all diagnostic tests. This process can take months.

    Insurance Carriers

    If how the accident happened or who is to blame is being contested, the insurance carrier may refuse to make an offer. Likewise, if multiple parties are to blame, the insurance carriers will point fingers at each other. 

    Some insurance companies are more willing to settle cases than others. Some insurance companies will only make a low offer until the case is in litigation. Likewise, some defense attorneys are more willing to settle cases than others. You’re due a lawyer who’s ready to fight for the funds you’re due. 

    Mediation vs. Litigation

    If the insurance company refuses to negotiate for a fair settlement, we can try mediation or arbitration to resolve your case. This is called alternative dispute resolution. 

    If a settlement can’t be reached, then we may need to press ahead with litigation. It’s important to remember that filing a lawsuit does not mean that your case will have to go to trial. Sometimes, filing a lawsuit will help settle a case. An insurance company will feel greater pressure to reach a fair settlement once the lawsuit has been filed. 

    Reach Out for Help After an NYC Car Accident 

    If you or a loved one was the victim of a car accident in New York, the New York car accident personal injury attorneys at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP are here to help. A car accident claim may take time, but your lawyer can help you settle your case as quickly as possible without sacrificing your settlement. 

    When you’re ready to speak with a lawyer, seek out a free consultation for your claim. Give us a call at 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or visit our website to learn more.