The Simplest Case Scenario
There are many factors that must be taken into consideration such as: What happened in the accident? What is the nature of the injuries? What insurance company are we dealing with? There are many more questions that need to be taken into account. However, even in the most routine car accident cases, there are at least three things must happen:
- You finish treatment, reach maximum medical improvement, or have a definite prognosis
- We have assembled all information on medical bills and lost wages
- We submit a demand package and receive a response
And then we wait for a reply. We will continue to harass the insurance company to try to get your settlement check as soon as possible, but don’t be surprised if they drag their feet. After all, they know you need the money, and they don’t have any pressing need to settle.
Don’t be too anxious to get your car accident case settled without knowing the extent of your injuries. Once your case is over, it’s over. For instance, let’s say you injured your back in a car accident. Anxious to get your case settled, you or your car accident lawyer accepts an offer from an insurance company that seems reasonable. A few months later, after more back pain, your doctor informs you that you need surgery. Now, you determine that the settlement you received hardly seems fair. Therefore, you call your car accident lawyer to re-open your case. Your lawyer will tell you, “Sorry. There’s nothing that can be done.”
Next, insurance companies can often sense weakness. If you are trying to get your car accident case settled shortly after an accident, they may conclude that your injuries are minimal. After all, someone trying to settle their car accident case a couple of months after a car accident is obviously not very injured.
The insurance company might assume you or your car accident attorney is desperate for money and will settle short of full value to get quick dollars. It’s not uncommon for our Chicago personal injury law firm to receive phone calls from our car accident clients during the holiday season looking to settle their car accident cases before settlement discussions are appropriate. We will explain to you why settling your case now will likely reduce your award.
We want to get your car accident case settled as soon as possible, but we also want to make sure you get the compensation you deserve–and need.
Contact Our Chicago Car Accident Lawyers
Our Chicago car accident lawyers work to get you a prompt settlement while still making sure the details are all in place to get you the best settlement possible. Our lawyers have the experience and the desire to shorten the time to settlement by putting cases on the right track from the beginning.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, please call Willens Law Offices to speak with an experienced car and trucking accident attorney in Chicago for a free, no obligation consultation at 312-957-4166.