How Soon Can I Get My Settlement?
Accidents can be life-altering, affecting nearly every aspect of your existence, from your emotional and physical well-being to your finances. If the accident was caused by someone else’s recklessness or negligence, it can be particularly frustrating and hard to accept. If you are overwhelmed by medical debt and living expenses or have been unable to work due to an injury that is someone else’s fault, there may be legal avenues available for you to recover, such as bringing a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit aims to restore you to the position that you would have been in had the injury not occurred. The information in this article is intended to be general, but if you would like to speak to a Florida personal injury attorney about your specific case, you are welcome to schedule a consultation with HAWM Law.
Getting a Settlement
The first thing that is important to understand is that there is no guarantee of a settlement. You and your attorney can initiate the process by bringing a personal injury lawsuit. The other party can then propose a settlement offer or simply go to court. If the other side is not interested in settling and your case proceeds to court, then it will be up to a judge or jury to decide whether you will receive an award and what the amount will be. Of course, at any point in the trial process a settlement may still be reached. Having an experienced attorney who is prepared to go to bat for you and present the strongest possible version of your case will increase the likelihood of your receiving a settlement and can also expedite the process.
The Timeline on Receiving a Settlement in Florida
Each case is different, so it is hard to give one answer as to how long it will take to receive your settlement. The best thing to do to estimate is to consider some of the factors that are most likely to affect the timeline. For instance, if you settle the matter before going to court this will mean receiving your settlement in as little as six weeks, whereas if you go to trial and receive an award it may take over a year to receive your award. If your claim could cause negative publicity for a person or business they may wish to settle it as quickly and quietly as possible, whereas if your claim is of a type that a business wants to avoid creating a precedent of paying they may prefer to fight it as hard as possible. The best way to get an accurate estimate as to the timeline for your claim and how long it will take for you to receive a settlement is to talk to an experienced Florida personal injury attorney who can review the unique facts and circumstances of your claim.
Schedule a Consultation with HAWM Law
If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault in the greater Florida area, the experienced personal injury attorneys at HAWM Law are ready to help. Contact HAWM Law today to schedule your consultation.