The time it takes to resolve your slip and fall case depends on multiple factors, such as injury severity, available evidence, complexity of your case, and the willingness of the other party to settle.
When it comes to recovering compensation after a slip and fall accident, the timeline varies greatly depending on the specific circumstances of your case. No two cases are alike, and neither is the process for resolving them.
If you have questions about how long it will take to resolve your slip and fall accident, please get in touch with an experienced New York premises liability lawyer to discuss your case.
Attorney Anthony A. Ferrante can review your case and help you understand how long it might take to receive compensation for your injuries.
What Factors Impact Your Slip & Fall Claim Timeline?
Several factors can influence the outcome of a compensation claim, including:
- Type and severity of your injuries,
- Strength of your evidence,
- Whether you can prove negligence against the property owner negligence,
- The number of parties involved, and
- Whether the defendant’s (that is, the party responsible for your fall) insurance company is willing to engage in meaningful negotiations.
The extent of your injuries can affect the progression of your compensation claim, as a person with severe injuries may require prolonged medical treatment and rehabilitation, while another individual with less severe injuries may have a shorter recovery period, making it quicker to resolve the claim.
Even if you have solid evidence, there’s no guarantee the property owner’s insurance company will engage in negotiations. Many insurance companies treat slip and fall accidents skeptically because some people submit fraudulent claims.
Active fraud rings and some unscrupulous individuals have made it harder for legitimately injured victims to be taken seriously. It might be necessary to proceed to litigation.
What Happens Once Litigation Commences?
If the adjuster denies your claim, we will need to file a lawsuit on your behalf. If the statute of limitations is approaching, we must file a lawsuit.
Claims that progress into litigation can take considerably longer to resolve.
How Long Do Slip and Fall Settlements Take?
The duration of slip and fall settlements in New York can vary depending on various factors. The complexity of your case and the court’s calendar are a few variables that can impact resolution. Even if your case is ready for trial, you’ll have to wait until the court has an opening on the calendar.
While a lawsuit may be resolved within a few months through negotiation or alternative dispute resolution methods, others might require litigation and can take considerably longer, potentially stretching to a year or more.
What Happens When You Settle a Claim?
If you can settle with the property owner or their insurance company, recovering compensation can be relatively quick.
Resolving your claim can happen if the property owner or their insurance company accepts liability for your accident and is willing to offer a fair settlement without the need for a lawsuit. In these cases, you might receive a payment within weeks or even days after signing a release of all claims.
What Can Delay a Slip and Fall Case?
It’s also important to consider that a lack of evidence can delay the process of recovering compensation. Examples include:
- Delays with obtaining medical records and bills,
- Inability to track down witnesses,
- The need to hire industry experts, and
- Not hiring an experienced New York premises liability lawyer.
Hiring a lawyer is one of the most critical steps after a slip and fall. You need someone to protect your legal rights and streamline the claims process. You want to work closely with your attorney, cooperate with any information requests, and ensure you provide everything necessary to build a strong case.
Contact Attorney Anthony A. Ferrante
The amount of time it takes to resolve a slip and fall varies. However, with the help of an experienced New York premises liability attorney, you can reduce the overall timeline. Mr. Ferrante is a skilled negotiator and knows what is necessary to build a successful premises liability claim.
With years of related experience, Mr. Ferrante stands ready to help you pursue compensation for your premises liability claim. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation to learn more.