How Long After Physical Therapy Do You Get a Settlement?

Posted On June 26, 2024 Arizona Laws,Blog,Personal Injury by John Allen Phebus

If you plan on filing a personal injury claim, it helps to understand the process. For instance, how long the process takes depends on several factors, including the length of a treatment plan, the value of your claim, and the strength of evidence.

Doctors recommend physical therapy to severely injured victims to boost healing, mitigate pain and inflammation, and enhance strength. A patient undergoing physical therapy should attain maximum medical improvement before filing a personal injury claim.

When you attain maximum medical improvement, you can better anticipate future medical expenses and losses, providing an objective basis for negotiating a fair settlement value. 

You should always consult a trusted personal injury attorney in Glendale, AZ, to understand how to protect your rights.

Possible Delays in the Process 

Many injured victims obtain timely settlements from the insurer of the at-fault party. However, several factors can prevent you from receiving the timely compensation required to recover from injury-related losses.

Some of the common reasons for a delay in insurance settlements include:

  • Liability disputes
  • Bad faith from the insurer of the at-fault party
  • Incomplete medical records
  • Presence of preexisting conditions
  • Missing or contested evidence

Even so, you can resolve your case efficiently by working with an experienced personal injury attorney. 

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Steps in the Settlement Process

Here are the crucial steps involved in the settlement process:

  • Demand Notice: After completing the investigation, the attorney will compile all evidence into a demand letter with details of the injury, damages, and the requested compensation amount.
  • Negotiations: The insurer of the at-fault party will review the demands of the injured victim and table a settlement offer. Your attorney will evaluate the suitability of the offer and negotiate aggressively to maximize your compensatory damages.
  • Settlement: If you agree on a settlement amount, you’ll sign legal documents to finalize the terms and distribute the funds.
  • Trial: If the negotiations do not yield a settlement, your personal injury attorney may file a lawsuit on your behalf in a civil court. The parties involved in the personal injury claim may attempt arbitration or mediation to resolve the dispute. If there is no solution during mediation or arbitration, your claim moves closer to full trial. Your attorney will present evidence and witness testimony before a judge or jury at trial, leading to a fair settlement for your losses.

How Minors Affect the Settlement Process 

The law applies special treatment to minors when pursuing compensation in a personal injury case. First, under the statute of limitations, minors are exempted from filing personal injury lawsuits within two years.

As a general rule, the statute of limitations doesn’t begin to run for an injury until the child attains 18 years. Therefore, settling a claim involving an injured minor can likely take longer than those above 18 years.

Although children heal faster than adults, some health conditions affect their recovery timeline, including Diabetes mellitus, Low HGH (human growth hormone), or zinc deficiency. Children with health problems may require additional rehabilitation sessions, slowing down the resolution of a personal injury claim.

Contributing Factors in a Settlement

You’ll likely endure a worsened quality of life after suffering an injury due to someone else’s negligence. As you cope with mounting medical bills, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional anguish, you may have a pressing question.

How long will it take to solve the personal injury claim and obtain the compensation that you deserve? 

There is no average duration of personal injury cases; they vary considerably. The timeline depends on several factors related to your claim, its complexity, and the steps you take to facilitate the smooth flow of your case.

When you understand what impacts the timeline, you can manage your expectations and make informed choices throughout the claim process.

Here are a few factors that affect the timeline involved in a personal injury settlement:

Severity of Injuries

The nature and extent of injuries significantly affect how long it takes to obtain a settlement amount. More severe and long-lasting injuries often take a longer duration to settle. 

For example, a patient who sustained spinal cord trauma may require numerous surgeries, lifelong care, and months of physical therapy.

The more medical appointments and procedures your condition demands, the longer it will take to resolve your case. Your attorney must understand the level of treatment you’ll need to push for a settlement value that covers your losses.

It is also prudent to wait until you obtain maximum medical improvement before finalizing a settlement.

The Defendant’s Willingness to Settle

You’ll resolve your case quickly if the defendant is willing to settle. On the contrary, it can take months or years before obtaining compensation if the defendant shifts the blame on you. Sometimes, the at-fault party’s insurer may refuse to settle, forcing you to opt for the lengthy court process.

Complexity of Your Case

Several factors can complicate your case, extending the time to obtain a settlement value. Complexity arises if your accident involves several vehicles, drivers, property owners, and product manufacturers.

Determining who to hold financially responsible for your injuries requires investigations. Similarly, negotiating with multiple insurers extends the duration necessary to solve a personal injury claim.

Collaboration With a Personal Injury Attorney

How well an injured victim works with an attorney often leads to a speedy resolution of your claim. In all personal injury claims, attorneys rely on various documents, including insurance policies, treatment records, police reports, and accident images.

However, injured victims may delay delivering crucial documents for weeks or fail to attend scheduled meetings, hindering a speedy conclusion of their claims.

Get Legal Assistance From an Experienced Glendale Personal Injury Attorney

Although you can’t predict how long it will take before receiving a settlement, your actions can enhance a faster and more positive outcome. You should work with an experienced attorney for guidance on appropriate steps to protect your rights.

The personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of John Phebus have over 20 years of experience representing injured victims. Contact us online for a free case consultation today.

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