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Why Some Cases May Take Time to Settle

Over the past two decades, Mr. Willens has been instrumental in obtaining numerous million-dollar-plus recoveries on behalf of clients in a wide variety of personal injury, car accident, medical malpractice and wrongful death cases.

Why Some Cases May Take Time to Settle

Car accidents are tragic events often taking victims off guard and leaving them injured, disabled and in a huge financial crisis. The expenses of a motor vehicle accident can be immediate and ongoing. The victim is faced with many medical expenses, and vehicle and property damage. To make matters worse, there may be costs associated with the victim’s inability to work. The victim also struggles with the pain and suffering of living with injuries. For these reasons, a victim of a serious car accident would want their case to be settled quickly.

The Victim is Not Willing to Settle

While car accident victims may need cash immediately to pay for their expenses, settling the case before all facts are compiled is quite common. However, settling the case too soon can leave you with a much smaller claim amount than what you should receive. In some cases, insurance companies have offered as low as 5-10% of the actual value of a claim in the initial stages of the case. In these cases, it may make sense to hold out, but it can lengthen the processing time of the car accident case. How long it actually takes depends on the circumstances surrounding an individual case.

Difficulty in Proving Liability

Proving liability may not be as simple and straightforward as it may seem. If the at-fault admits fault or impartial witnesses testify to events, it can result in swift resolutions. However, in cases where liability is hard to prove, insurance companies are less likely to offer a favorable settlement until the victim has filed a lawsuit and obtained expert testimony. These steps can be time consuming and may prolong a case.

Difficulty in Proving Expenses

The victim needs to provide evidence to prove both liability and expenses. He/she needs to prove that the medical expenses or property damage are a direct result of the car accident. If the medical records are not clear or the origins of the vehicle or property damage are not clear, proving expenses could become difficult.

Victim has Ongoing Medical Expenses

If the victim has suffered injuries as a result of the auto accident, he/she will may want to wait until the injuries have healed completely. This ensures that the Chicago car accident victim receives maximum compensation for all medical costs associated with their car accident injuries. So, even though a victim may want the money to come in sooner, he/she may have to wait longer to get a higher payout.

Chicago Auto Accident Lawyers

Willens & Baez is a top-rated personal injury law firm headquartered in Chicago and serving all of Illinois.  We focus exclusively on representing individuals and their families who were injured by someone else’s negligence.

For a free consultation regarding your car accident case, call us today at (312) 957-4166. If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you. Either way, we can help!

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Over the past two decades, Mr. Willens and his team of Chicago personal injury lawyers have been instrumental in obtaining numerous million-dollar-plus recoveries on behalf of clients in a wide variety of injury cases. One of the personal injury verdicts he was involved in was recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the Top 100 Verdicts in the country in the year in which it was tried. One of the verdicts he helped secure set a state record.



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