How Long Should It Take To Resolve My Case?
Each case is different. Those involving smaller or fully healed injuries can be resolved more quickly, often in a matter of months. Those with permanent or life threatening injuries typically take much longer. Regardless, be very suspicious of any attorney who tells you upon initial consultation that your case can or should be resolved (with money in your pocket) in a couple of weeks from the date of the incident. Why? Part of the attorney’s job is to evaluate the injury, through review of medical records, bills, and research. A claim should never be settled until the attorney and client know the extent and severity of the injury, whether future medical care is required, the cost of that care, and the prognosis or likely outcome of the injury (will there be any permanent disability, pain and suffering, or scarring? Will the injury affect the client’s ability to work a job?) Sometimes, injuries that seem minor initially turn out to have long-term complications. Until the attorney obtains your records and bills and evaluates the claim medically and legally, the attorney is not in a position to value your case. And settling your claim before this work is done could result in the value of your case being short-changed, sometimes drastically. It could also result in your being stuck with future medical bills due to needing future medical care that will not be paid for by the negligent party because you settled too early and before your attorney knew such care would be required.
The Chicago Injury Attorneys at Friedman Law Offices, P.C. will work diligently to resolve your case as quickly as possible. At the same time, we will not sacrifice the value of your case just to reach a quick settlement. We will evaluate your case thoroughly, reviewing all necessary materials and doing all necessary research. And we will take the case to trial if the responsible party refuses to offer an appropriate settlement amount. After all, the case you bring to us is incredibly important to you and will likely be the only personal injury claim you ever have in your lifetime. It should be treated with the attention and care it deserves.