During a car accident claim, your main priority is to make sure that you receive the money that you deserve. You need that settlement to pay for your medical bills, to compensate you for lost wages and so that you can try to get back on your feet following an accident. When you’re in the middle of the settlement process, you may not be aware of how the timeline works. You filed your claim, hired a lawyer, either settled or went to court and now you want to know how you’ll get paid. Here is what you need to know.
Payment From Insurance Adjusters
Insurance adjusters will normally put a check in the mail right away. Once a judgement is ordered, the adjusters will mail you the check. Now, if the bank is out of the state, then you may have to wait several business days for your money to arrive. Keep in mind that sometimes the adjusters will pay your medical bills directly, rather than giving you the entirety of the settlement. This is for the adjusters to ensure that the medical bills do get paid with the money that you were awarded.
Payment From Individuals
You may experience a number of different delays when it comes to receiving your payment. If you were in a car accident that involves an uninsured driver, then odds are you would be receiving payment from the driver him or herself. Now, odds are the driver might try to appeal the decision. You do not automatically receive the settlement. Sometimes, you may even have to use the courts to collect the money if the defendant decides not to pay.
The court may decide to garnish wages, but even then, you may not receive a lot of money right away. It can take time for you to receive your settlement when dealing with an uninsured driver. Remember that if a driver had no insurance, he or she probably does not have a lot of money to spare and hence you may not see the entire amount that you demand.
If you were in a car accident, it’s important that you receive the compensation that you deserve. If your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t file a claim. With the help from a car accident lawyer, you can seek compensation.