How Long Do Personal Injury Claims Take to Settle?

Even the most experienced Florida personal injury attorney would be hard pressed to tell you with any certainty exactly when you can expect your settlement from your personal injury claim. The time between formally initiating negotiations with a letter of demand and the money being put into your bank account can range anywhere from a few weeks to many months. That is not to say that your personal injury attorney can’t give you a rough estimate. Indeed, there are many factors that can affect the length of settlement negotiations. Though each individual case is different, clear-cut cases where it is obvious that the insured is liable tend to settle faster. Complicated cases with more ambiguous liability tend to settle more slowly. Additionally, other factors that may affect the amount of time negotiations will take include the caseload of the insurance adjuster, the presence of other liable parties besides the insured, and how thorough the paperwork has been during the preparation phase. The negotiation may even be affected by factors such as the economy and the time of year (since some months tend to have more insurance claims than others). The difference between the initial demand sent by your attorney and the amount the adjuster hopes to pay is also a factor. Rest assured that during the negotiations process, your Florida personal injury attorney will be making every possible effort to get you the maximum possible settlement in as little time as possible. Call experienced Florida personal injury attorney John Fagan today for a free initial consultation.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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