One of the primary inquiries we receive from nearly every client is centered around the timeline of their claim process. They often ask, “How long will it take for my claim to be resolved?” The answer to that question lies on the extent of your injuries, the course of your treatment, and the personal injury legal process.
Consider this scenario: what if your treatment plan spans several months, a year, or even longer? Should you contemplate settling your claim while you’re still grappling with pain? The short answer is no.
Let’s explain why settling your claim while you’re still experiencing discomfort might not be in your best interest.
Once it’s settled, it’s settled.
A critical point to remember is that once your case is settled, there’s no room for reconsideration to obtain additional compensation. This concept is akin to the well-known saying, “You only get one chance.” So, the question arises: will you opt for a mere taste, or will you seize the opportunity for something more substantial?
I understand that some individuals grapple with treatment fatigue – the weariness of attending medical appointments and the eagerness to have their case concluded. It’s perfectly understandable. Nonetheless, it’s vital to recognize that settling your case prematurely, while the pain persists or exacerbates, means relinquishing the possibility of seeking further compensation.
Adhering to your doctor’s recommended treatment plan serves three significant purposes. Firstly, it demonstrates to insurance companies your dedication to your recovery. Secondly, and most importantly, it aids in your actual recuperation. Lastly, it plays a pivotal role in maximizing the settlement you might receive.
Of course, if you choose to terminate treatment early and settle your case, two outcomes are likely. Firstly, you’re likely to receive a diminished settlement, that means your case will be worth less than it could have. More critically, you open yourself up to the risk of enduring lingering injuries that could potentially afflict you indefinitely.
Our recommendation is to finalize your case once your treatment concludes or when you and your doctor jointly concur that further improvement isn’t feasible. However, if the decision to settle prematurely is made, rest assured that we’ll staunchly advocate to secure the highest conceivable value for your case.
Reach out to our personal injury office today.
If, during the course of treatment, you find yourself grappling with treatment fatigue, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. We’re here to discuss options that ensure you receive the essential medical care you rightfully deserve while simultaneously pursuing the best possible settlement.