Being in an accident is a huge disruption to your daily schedule. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may have to take a significant amount of time off work, and at the very least will have to go to an initial doctor appointment for an evaluation. So, it is only natural to want to know how long the case will take, and when you will be able to return to your normal routine. Every case is different, so there is no hard and fast rule on what the timeline will be, but there are some rules about how long you have to file a case and a general outline of what to expect
A personal injury case has to be filed within a certain number of years from the date of the accident. In Minnesota, that time frame is 6 years. If that sounds like a long time and sets off a panic, don’t worry, it does not mean that your case will take that long to complete. The typical timeframe for a personal injury case goes like this:
- The insurance company is put on notice that you have a claim against their driver.
- After the notice is given to the insurance company, you will have your injuries assessed or continue with a plan of therapy already in place from the days just after the wreck. Until the doctor releases you from care, you will not be ready to make a demand for repayment.
- While you are going to the doctor, and your attorney negotiating with the insurance company, it may be advantageous to go ahead and file your lawsuit. There are a few reasons you might decide to file at this early juncture, rather than to wait. One reason is so you do not risk missing the deadline to file and another reason is to show the insurance company you fully intend to pursue the claim.
- Depending on the facts of your case and how quickly you are released from a doctor’s care, you can submit your demand to the adjuster for review. If the adjuster makes an offer that is satisfactory you are within your rights to accept the offer and close out your case. If not, you can proceed with the lawsuit on file and have the Judge or jury make the determination as to what you are owed for your injuries.
We have helped countless others who have been hurt in an accident, and are able to help you too! We will make sure your case is filed on time, and will present a demand to the insurance company that details your injuries and your needs. Call us today for more information.
If you have questions about how personal injury cases are handled and how long your case might take before it is resolved, call our office for answers. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for your case. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.