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How long will it take to get compensation after a car crash?

If you had the unfortunate experience of being involved in a car accident here in California, you may have some questions about what to do next. This event has likely left you suffering in a number of ways. When it comes to your financial losses, in particular, you may feel a bit on edge about how long it may take for you to achieve compensation.

Here is the deal with car accident cases, insurance providers want to be quick to settle for practically nothing. They count on your need for cash now to get you to take less than what you are really entitled to. While a quick settlement is always wanted, it is not always the best.

The settlement process

After you report your car accident, you will be working with either the responsible driver's insurance provider or your own if the driver who hit you was uninsured or underinsured. They will review the details of your case, look at your documented losses and then possibly offer you some level of monetary relief. Once that settlement offer comes in you can either choose to accept or reject it.

If you accept, that is pretty much the end of it. A check will be sent your way as soon as possible. If you reject the offer, you need to send an official rejection letter. With this letter, you can send your list of demands. From there, negotiations can begin.

When it doesn't work

Negotiations can take months. If this process is not working in your favor, going to court may be your best bet for achieving maximum relief. Legal counsel will have the ability to review your case and help you decide the best course of action for your situation. Most personal injury cases do not make it to trial, but sometimes litigation does prove necessary.

Statute of limitations

If you do decide to take legal action, know that you only have so much time in which to do it. There is a statute of limitations of two years from the date of injury in California. If you try to file after that time is up, the court is likely to throw out your case.

There is no set timeline for how long it will take for you to achieve compensation following your car crash. It can take weeks, months or even years. Every case is different. With assistance, achieving fair and full relief in a timely manner may be possible.

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