How Long Will It Take To Receive Compensation After My Case Is Over?
After you win your lawsuit for personal injuries sustained in an accident or against your employer, it’s likely you want to know when you’ll receive compensation. There are a few key steps involved before you finally receive your settlement money.
Once Your Case Is Settled
After your lawsuit is settled and your lawyers report this information to the court, the court requires everyone involved to complete all settlement paperwork within 30 or 60 days. A vital part of settlement paperwork is the Release. This Release is prepared by a defense attorney, who prepares the settlement terms. The Release is then sent to your lawyer for approval.
Although a settlement is typically reached, certain issues can sometimes arise depending on what’s in the document and how it’s written. If your lawyer doesn’t find the language acceptable, he may argue with the defense lawyer over the Release. If they can’t agree, they may ask the judge to make a decision, and this can delay the settlement.
Additional Settlement Tasks
Before you receive money from the settlement, your lawyer must handle any liens that may be pending against your lawsuit. A lien is a “legal right to someone else’s assets.” Most especially, the lawyer needs to take care of any medical liens from your health insurers and doctors. These liens must be paid in full before you receive any money.
Additionally, it’s possible that the defendant will appeal, and this process can take a long time. It could take up to two years for an appeal to be heard and a judgement made. So, this can also delay your settlement.
We Can Help
If you have questions about receiving compensation for your specific case, feel free to contact the employment attorneys at the Law Offices of Corbett H. Williams at 949-679-9909. We will discuss your case and help you understand the process and delays involved in any settlement.