Being injured in a motorcycle accident can be traumatic and difficult to recover from. If you have been working with an attorney to seek damages, you might find yourself growing impatient regarding how long it takes to process a claim and close it out. Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer—the amount of time depends upon a few different factors.
Key Factors That Determine Time Frame
In the state of Virginia, the statute of limitations to file an injury claim is two years. That is how long you have to file a lawsuit. Assuming you already have, there are a few factors to consider when it comes to determining how long it might take to resolve your case.
Claims that go to court take longer.
If your suit goes to trial, things will take longer as you have to wait for a court date. If you are negotiating a settlement without involving a judge, it may be quicker.
Full physical healing should take place.
In order to have a fair and fully effective case, you should be mostly healed from your injuries so your lawyer can document all of the damages you should be pursuing. Depending upon the severity of your injuries, this may take a long or shorter period of time.
Your settlement will likely be coming from an insurance company.
This can take a good bit of time as some companies drag their feet when it comes to payouts.
In the best-case scenario, a claim can take a few months to settle. Unfortunately in some cases, it can drag out for quite some time depending upon these and sometimes other factors.
Fair Compensation and Quality Representation
What does fair compensation include? If you’ve been injured and are waiting on a settlement, the payout may take into account:
- Compensation for medical bills including hospital stays, treatments, rehabilitation, and medications
- Pain and suffering
- Missed wages and loss of future earning potential
- Modifications to your home, if you now require assistive equipment such as a wheelchair or walker
The best way to ensure your settlement is completed fairly and as swiftly as possible is to contact a personal injury attorney that is equipped to represent you. It is essential you connect with a legal representative, as filing a claim on your own is difficult and overwhelming—especially if you are recovering from a motorcycle accident injury.
Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?
If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Fairfax, Virginia personal injury law office at 703.277.2811 to schedule your free consultation. We help clients throughout Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia and look forward to helping you.