What is the Timeline for a Car Accident Case in San Francisco?

If you have suffered injuries in a car accident, your main concern may be how long a car accident case in San Francisco will take in order to receive compensation for your medical or physical therapy bills, loss of wages and possible pain and suffering.

The statute of limitations in California to either settle your case or file a complaint regarding your claim is approximately two years. If you have a claim against a state or local government, you have only six months to file a claim.

While each car accident and injuries are unique, there are two periods of time within your case that are the most significant.

Two Months After Medical Treatments Are Finished

While you should file your complaint with insurance companies immediately, oftentimes, if you have serious injuries, you will require ongoing medical care. Determining an exact timeline for a car accident case is challenging as each person’s medical needs and treatment will be different. However, approximately two months after your medical treatment is complete, a majority of personal injury cases are settled.

Typically, personal injury cases related to a car accident are settled in this window of time if the personal injury case meets the following criteria:

  • A person was diagnosed with a specific and identifiable injury
  • The injury is not permanent, substantial, or long-lasting
  • No future medical treatment is required
  • No pre-existing conditions existed in that part of the body
  • The person with injuries had private health insurance
  • The person with injuries was not responsible or at-fault for the accident
  • The party being sued is not a government entity or employee

Six Months After Filing a Lawsuit

Insurance companies are notoriously known for refusing to compensate victims with personal injuries for their claims. In these instances, the victim should contact an experienced car accident attorney to help strengthen their case, and file a lawsuit on their behalf.

The process of a lawsuit typically involves a formal, written discovery of all documents and information regarding the car accident. Depositions need to be taken by attorneys, and all evidence needs to be accounted for and presented. This process typically takes approximately six months.

At this point, the insurance company may see that the personal injuries and damages related to the car accident are valid and pay the compensation due for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. If the insurance company refuses, then the case will go to trial.

Consult an Experienced San Francisco Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been the victim of a car accident and suffered personal injuries, negotiating with insurance companies can drastically extend the timeline for you to receive compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

The Law Office of Daniel H. Rose is a car accident law firm that has experience handling car accidents involving serious injury or death. We have a sincere commitment to victims of car accidents and will work on your behalf to ensure that insurance companies will pay the full compensation you deserve. Contact our experienced car accident attorneys today at 415-946-8900 or online today.