At Berger and Green, we understand that you want to recover compensation for your accident-related damages and put this behind you as quickly as possible. This is one of our goals, as well. However, some cases take longer than others. How long your car accident case takes depends on many factors that we will uncover as the case progresses.
In general, reaching an out-of-court settlement is the fastest option. However, this is not always possible. If we need to take legal action and represent you at trial to pursue the payout you deserve, it will likely take much longer.
We Generally Attempt to Reach an Out-of-Court Settlement With the Insurance Company Before Taking Legal Action
When we can reach an out-of-court settlement with the insurance company, it saves everyone involved a lot of time and money. This is the preferred option for our team, since it means our clients get their payout faster and we retain control over what fair compensation looks like.
Of course, we will not accept just any settlement offer for our clients. We need to have a good understanding of their full range of losses and expenses, so we know how much their case is worth. This requires us to conduct a full investigation, proving negligence, liability, and the value of the case.
This is not something that we can do in an afternoon. A thorough investigation takes time. We will work quickly, but may need to:
- Obtain the police report, your relevant medical records and bills, and other official documents
- Interview you and any accident witnesses
- Survey the accident scene
- Identify and gather any available physical evidence
- Work with experts, including accident reconstruction specialists, economists, and medical experts
- Collect any other available evidence to document your damages
Once we have a strong case and a better idea about the value of your claim, we can demand a payout from the insurance company. This generally leads to negotiations, which can resolve quickly or drag on for some time.
Taking Your Case to Trial Usually Takes Significantly Longer
If settlement negotiations do not seem to be working, we may have to make the decision to take legal action. PA Code Section 5524- Title 42 imposes a statute of limitations that generally only gives us two years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit. We may need to file suit if this deadline is approaching, or if the insurer:
- Denies its policyholder was at fault in the accident
- Blames you for causing or contributing to the accident
- Offers only settlements that are thousands of dollars away from a fair settlement agreement
Filing a personal injury lawsuit is sometimes the only way to ensure we get a decision in this type of case. If we allow it, the insurer may try to drag it out for months or even years. When we take a case to trial, we know a decision is forthcoming.
When we take legal action in a case like this, it often delays the case, and going to court almost often takes longer than an out-of-court agreement. However, it may be necessary to pursue a fair payout in your case. If this happens in your case, you can trust our team to be by your side throughout the process.
Let Berger and Green Review Your Pittsburgh Car Accident Case
The car accident attorneys from Berger and Green know you want to recover the damages you deserve as quickly as possible. There are variables that will likely affect how long your car accident case takes, however. We are familiar with these potential pitfalls though, and we know how to navigate the car accident claims process. We will pursue the compensation you deserve. Founding attorney Laurence B. Green has 40 years of experience fighting for accident victims.