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When Personal Injury Timelines Are Extended


Suffering an injury is challenging, and when it is due to someone else’s negligence it makes sense for the injured party to pursue financial recovery. But even when expenses after a Clearwater, Hudson, or Tampa traffic accident are pressing, there are circumstances that could extend the timeline for receiving settlement funds.

Waiting for financial relief adds an additional layer of stress to an already difficult situation. Thankfully, there are professionals who can guide you through the process. Working with a seasoned injury attorney can lead to a smoother and more efficient recovery journey.

Common Causes of Extended Settlement Timelines

While every case is unique, there are common scenarios that lead to prolonged settlement timelines. In these situations, you may be able to employ strategies to expedite the recovery process, but there are also instances where waiting for a larger settlement is a way to connect with a maximum recovery amount.

  • Complicated investigations. Some Florida injury cases require thorough investigations to establish liability, and when these investigations involve multiple parties or intricate circumstances, the process may take longer.
  • Medical recovery is not fast. Because an accurate review of injuries and treatment plans is necessary to determine a full and fair settlement amount, a prolonged or complicated injury assessment could delay the settlement process.
  • Time-consuming negotiations. Negotiations with insurance companies can be lengthened if there are disputes over liability, coverage, or the extent of damages.
  • Legal proceedings. While most injury cases are settled through negotiation, if a personal injury case proceeds to litigation it can significantly extend the settlement timeline. Court schedules, discovery, and other legal procedures contribute to the overall duration.

In Florida, accident victims can typically access fast financial relief through Personal Injury Protection (PIP) compensation. PIP is mandatory in Florida, and it provides coverage for medical expenses and lost wages, regardless of fault, so accident victims can often expedite some of their recovery process by utilizing their PIP coverage.

When Waiting Pays Off

While the desire for a swift settlement beyond PIP caps is completely understandable, there are situations when waiting is a strategic approach. For instance, if there are injuries with long-term consequences, waiting for a comprehensive understanding of future medical expenses can result in a more accurate and favorable settlement.

And if the harm sustained has resulted in a significant loss in earnings, it may be prudent to wait until the full extent of the financial impact is clear. Particularly if your injury means you will need to make a career change or participate in vocational rehabilitation. A Florida personal injury lawyer has the skills to look over the details of your case and discuss proactive settlement strategies with you.

Are you worried about how long it will take for you to receive settlement funds after a Florida car accident injury? While having patience can be challenging, there are situations where waiting for a larger settlement can ultimately lead to a more just and comprehensive financial recovery. To talk to the legal experts at Roman & Roman about your situation, schedule a fee-free, no-obligation consultation today.

Although the law firm of Roman & Roman has offices in Clearwater, Hudson and Tampa, we handle cases and claims throughout  Florida. We also meet personally with our clients if at all possible, rather than impersonally over the phone or on the Internet.

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