Washington motorcycle accident cases can vary in length from weeks, months, even to years in some instances. Typically, you will not start the settlement process until after you have healed from your motorcycle accident injuries and have been released by your doctor. This is the best way you can be assured that you will receive full value for your injuries.
You want to make sure you have fully recovered from all your injuries before thinking about settlement. The last thing you want to have happen is a few months after you settle your case you find out that you have much worse injuries than first thought, and you require extensive additional treatment that will cost thousands or ten of thousands more. Once you settle your case it is over; you cannot come back later and ask for more. That's why it's important to wait until you have fully healed and you are able to resume all activities that you did before you were in the motorcycle accident.
We want you to be fully compensated for all of your injuries, so we advise that you wait until treatment is completed before telling the insurance company how much your motorcycle accident case is worth. The length of time it takes you to recover from your injuries is one of the main factors in determining how long your case will take. Once your case is ready to begin settlement discussions, the process of obtaining a fair settlement offer can take as little as several weeks to as much as 18 months or more. The key word is "fair." You will likely get an "unfair" offer from the insurance company fairly quickly, the real work is getting the insurance company to settle your case for what you consider fair.
The complicated issues surrounding when to settle and when to fight are the key reasons why it is often necessary to retain an attorney for your accident case. I encourage you to contact us for a free consultation to assure you get the representation you deserve.