There are many factors that can affect how long a car accident claim takes to settle. In some cases, usually when the victim suffers relatively minor injuries, filing a claim based on their own personal injury protection (PIP) policy is the only legal recourse. This does not require proving fault or liability, and you could have your money within days or weeks.
When you suffer more severe injuries and exceed the state’s serious injury threshold enforced by FL § 627.737, though, we can pursue compensation from the at-fault driver. This allows you to recover additional damages but could take considerably longer.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733 for a free review of your case.
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Building a Strong Case Takes Time
If what we learn during your initial consultation leads us to believe you qualify to hold the negligent driver liable despite the state’s no-fault law, we will request copies of your relevant medical records to confirm it. This process sometimes takes several days, but it can also take a month or more.
Once we confirm we can pursue a fault-based claim, we will begin gathering evidence in your case. We need to prove negligence and liability, in addition to proving the value of your damages. This may require us to:
- Obtain a copy of the accident report and other relevant documents
- Seek video of the accident or photographs from the scene
- Identify, locate, and interview witnesses
- Survey the scene of the accident
- Gather any available physical evidence
- Work with accident reconstruction specialists, medical experts, economists, and other experts who can help us better understand the accident and your damages
Once we have enough evidence to prove the other driver caused your accident, we will calculate the value of your past and future expenses and losses. All of this takes time, and we need to get started as early as possible.
Filing Claims and Negotiating a Fair Settlement in Your West Palm Beach Car Accident Case
Once we have a strong case to support legal action, we generally approach the at-fault driver’s liability automobile insurance carrier and demand a fair payout. The insurer company rarely, if ever, accepts our initial demand. Instead, we enter into a series of settlement negotiations that could take months. We are often able to reach a deal for a just settlement at this point, though.
If the insurer refuses a fair settlement or the negotiations do not progress fast enough, we have the option of litigating your case. Taking your case to court will likely take much longer, but it may be the only way to recover the damages you deserve. The insurance company does not want to waste money going to court, either, so filing a suit may motivate the company to increase its offer.
There Are Deadlines That Apply if We Need to File a Lawsuit in Your West Palm Beach Accident Case
If we do need to file a lawsuit in your West Palm Beach car accident case, it is important to note there is a time limit that applies. While this deadline, set by the state’s statute of limitations under FL § 95.11, only applies to lawsuits, we lose a lot of leverage in our insurance claim if we let this option expire.
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Talk to a West Palm Beach Car Accident Lawyer
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we offer complimentary case evaluations to all victims of West Palm Beach car accidents. We can explain your rights and legal options and help you understand how we can pursue damages on your behalf. Our initial consultations are always free. We handle these cases based on contingency, so you will never pay anything until we recover compensation for you.
If you suffered injuries in a car accident in West Palm Beach, call 1-800-747-3733 today to get started with your free case review. It is impossible to know how long a car accident claim takes to settle, but we will remain in contact with you every step along the way.