When is the Best Time to Settle My Injury Case?

July 12, 2022 | By Steffens Law Office
When is the Best Time to Settle My Injury Case?

settle injury case NebraskaThe short answer, the later the better (as long as you filed within the state's statute of limitations). When seriously injured in an auto accident, most people will receive a call from the other driver’s insurance company. Our Lincoln personal injury lawyer does not recommend you speak to them; they will usually push you to settle your case prematurely.

Even if you’d rather get your case over and done with, waiting to settle your case will give you a better chance of getting what you need.

Why You Should Wait to Settle Your Injury Case in Nebraska

  1. It may take some time to know the full extent of your injuries.

    • You may need special diagnostics (tests).
      • This could mean getting an MRI or CAT scan.
    • You may need to see a specialist.
      • Your family doctor may not be able to diagnose your issues.
      • You may need to be referred to several specialists.
    • You may need specialized treatment.
      • This could mean physical and occupation therapy, or surgery.
    • Your specialized treatment may not have a good outcome.
      • You may need more treatment, or even additional surgeries.

The money required to undergo these treatments can add up quickly. You’ll want to be sure you’ve discovered every injury you’ve sustained from the accident, and that the negligent driver’s insurance company pays for all of your medical treatments. Not you.

  1. Once your case is settled, you can’t go back for more settlement money.

    • Before receiving settlement money, you must sign a “release.”
      • This will release the other driver and insurance company from fault and all future claims.
    • Even if you discover another injury and prove it, you can’t reopen the case.
      • It will be too late to go back and renegotiate.
      • You can’t ask for more money.
  2. You have four years to settle your case in Nebraska.

    • Your case will typically increase in value over time. It seldom decreases.
    • There is no reason to rush a settlement.

Lincoln personal injury lawyerOur Lincoln personal injury lawyer understands that you may want to settle your case early and put it behind you. But an injury could stay with you for a long time, and it’s important you have the money to cover medicals bills and the expensive treatments you may need. This means taking your time to discover the full scope of your injuries.

Contact Our Lincoln Personal Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Someone else put your life on the line. You deserve to be properly compensated. If you’ve recently sustained injuries from an auto accident, give our Lincoln personal injury lawyer a call at (308) 872-8327 now. Our attorneys are ready to fight for you.