Car Accident Settlement Timeline

Wondering how long your injury case will take to settle? Watch this video about the car accident settlement timeline in Texas to find out.

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Question:

How long will my car accident case take?

Answer:

Car Accident Settlement TimelineYou may be worried about how long it will take for your case to be resolved. Unfortunately, there is no crystal clear answer to that early on. The first thing that has to happen is you have to finish your medical treatment or get to a stage in your medical treatment where we know what treatment you may need for the rest of your life, if you’re more seriously injured. Once we know that, we can submit a demand package to the insurance company asking for fair compensation. If we don’t know the extent of your injuries and we submit something to them, and it turns out you’re injured worse than we thought, then you won’t get fair compensation. At that point, the insurance company has a deadline to respond, normally within a month, and if they make an offer that is close to fair, we’ll begin negotiating. Unfortunately, in most cases, that doesn’t happen. What we have to do after that is file a lawsuit.

Once we file the lawsuit, we will serve the defendant. Once the defendant is served they have 30 days to respond to the lawsuit. Once there’s an attorney representing them and there’s a response on file, the first thing we do is we try to get a trial date scheduled with the court. Then there’s an end in sight for your case. If, for whatever reason, we have to go to trial, we know when that trial is.


Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a crash and have questions about how long a car accident case will take?
Contact our experienced Austin car accident attorney at The Law Office of Daniel R. Smith today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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