If you have recently filed an ICBC claim, you may be wondering how long it takes to settle. Unfortunately, there is no universal answer to this question, as each case is unique and must be handled as such. Ultimately, settlement of your case will depend on numerous factors (including your willingness to reach an agreement). The good news is that by working with an experienced personal injury lawyer, you can expedite your settlement and take the steps needed to maximize your settlement.
Common Factors That May Affect a Settlement
There are a few factors that can affect how long it takes for a settlement to be reached in an ICBC case. For starters, the complexity of the case can affect its length. For example, a case where compensation for medical bills and modest injuries is being pursued will likely be settled easily and more quickly than a case where damages include not just medical bills, but significant pain and suffering and lost wages. Generally, the more complex the details of the case, the longer it takes to settle.
Your willingness to settle will also be a factor. Often times, ICBC will make an initial settlement offer relatively quickly after your claim is submitted. Unfortunately, these settlement offers are typically just a fraction of what you may actually be entitled to. As a result, rejecting the initial settlement offer and pursuing a larger amount will delay settlement, but it is also important to make sure you’re going after the full amount to which you may be entitled.
How to Expedite Settlement of Your Case
While there is no way to guarantee how long it will take your case to settle, there are some steps you can take to speed up the process. For starters, make sure you keep detailed documentation of everything related to your claim. This includes copies of hospital bills, documentation of lost wages, and anything else you can think of that can support your claim.
Furthermore, working with an experienced personal injury lawyer can help ensure that there are no delays in your case due to missing paperwork or other technicalities. A lawyer will also be able to deal with ICBC to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf, thus increasing the chances that a settlement will be reached outside of court. And of course, if your case does go to court, your lawyer will be there to represent you and your best interests.
Contact Warnett Hallen LLP Today
Waiting to reach a settlement with ICBC can seem interminable, but the good news is that there are steps you can take to expedite the process and get the compensation you are entitled to. Get started by scheduling your free legal consultation today with the professionals at Warnett Hallen. We have years of experience in handling ICBC settlements and are ready to help you determine what your case is worth and represent you every step of the way.