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How Long Does it Take to Settle an Illinois Car Accident Case Involving Injuries?

How Long Does It Take To Settle The length of time it takes to settle an Illinois car accident case varies greatly from situation to situation, and usually depends on factors including:

  • Insurance companies involved
  • Liability aspects of case—is there a dispute as to who caused the accident?
  • Severity of injuries
  • Medical testimony to support injuries
  • Degree of permanency related to injury

While some car accident cases can be resolved directly with an insurance company from an at-fault party, other cases must be litigated in order for the victims to recover what is a full and fair settlement for their case. If a case can be resolved with an auto insurance company, it may be possible to resolve a case within 90 days of discharge from medical care. In auto accident cases involving litigation, the case may take more than one year to make its way through the litigation process to trial or final disposition.

Frequently, auto insurance companies will make an offer to settle your case quickly after an accident in order to reduce their exposure and get a file closed quickly. For a person injured in an accident, such an offer may be tempting, particularly if you are faced with bills and expenses following a collision. However, a quick settlement of a car accident case with an insurance company is rarely in your best interest.

Accepting a settlement commonly means that decision makers rarely have evaluated elements of damages that you are entitled to recover under Illinois law including: medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, compensation for pain and disability and in the case of a fatality, wrongful death damages.

Furthermore, once a car accident case is settled with a sign release, you can never recover any additional monetary damages—regardless of how severe your injuries are or when you become aware of their severity.

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC, our goal is to get you the maximum amount possible for injuries sustained in an Illinois car accident. From the time you retain our office to represent you in your case, we begin the process of investigating your case in order to establish that the other drivers negligence caused the collision. We also collect medical records and bills so we can evaluate the full extent of your injuries.

As you progress through your medical care and eventual discharge, we continually collect and update your records. Frequently, we meet with your physician and request that they prepare a report documenting your injuries and any impact they may have on you in the future.

While this can be a lot of work, taking these steps enables our firm to resolve cases for our clients in Chicago and across Illinois in a timely manner directly with an insurance company.

Our experience handling thousands of auto-related injury cases enables us to recognize when an insurance company is under-valuing your case. In these situations, we will get a lawsuit on file and actively litigate your case so we can get you the compensation you deserve.

Regardless of the complexity of your case or the severity of your injuries, you can rest assured that the Chicago car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC will take the steps necessary to ensure that the full value of your case is achieved via settlement or litigation. Contact our office today for a free evaluation of your Illinois auto accident case.

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Jonathan Rosenfeld was professionally objective, timely, and knowledgeable. Also, his advice was extremely effective regarding my case. In addition, Jonathan was understanding and patient pertaining to any of my questions or concerns. I was very happy with the end result and I highly recommend Jonathan Rosenfeld. Michonne Proulx
Extremely impressed with this law firm. They took control of a bad motorcycle crash that left my uncle seriously injured. Without any guarantee of a financial recovery, they went out and hired accident investigators and engineers to help prove how the accident happened. I am grateful that they worked on a contingency fee basis as there was no way we could have paid for these services on our own. Ethan Armstrong
This lawyer really helped me get compensation for my motorcycle accident case. I know there is no way that I could have gotten anywhere near the amount that Mr. Rosenfeld was able to get to settle my case. Thank you. Daniel Kaim
Jonathan helped my family heal and get compensation after our child was suffered a life threatening injury at daycare. He was sympathetic and in constant contact with us letting us know all he knew every step of the way. We were so blessed to find Jonathan! Giulia
Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother's death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial. Lisa
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