How long does it take to get a court date for a Minor Approval from a car accident settlement?

Asked over 1 year ago - Chattanooga, TN

A settlement has been offered from the insurance company just wondering how long will it take for this to go to court. and what do i have to do as the parent to this minor

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  1. Stephen Alan Sauer

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    Answered . Typically a month to two months or so. The defense attorney or attorney for the insurance company will file a petition with the court to approve the settlement. Then you will go with your child to court (and your attorney if you have one) and explain to the Judge how your child is doing after the accident. The court will determine if the settlement is reasonable and fair for your child. The court will want to hear if he/she is doing ok in school, sports, playing with friends, etc.... Based on that and the medical records the court will decide if the settlement is fair. The money is usually placed into a trust account run by the court and they hold the money till the child is 18. If the amount is very small and you can show the court you are familiar with bank accounts and managing money, the court may release the money to you the parent. Just because the court rules the settlement is fair does not mean it's what you would have gotten if you hired an attorney. Studies show you receive significantly more money after hiring an attorney than without one. This is even after the attorney charges his fees and expenses. So if you do not have an attorney yet, you may want to have one review the settlement offer prior to accepting it.

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  2. Steven Mark Sweat

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    Answered . You should retain an attorney to assist you with this process.

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  3. Matthew Charles Price

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    Answered . This is extremely dependent on the jurisdiction. Contact a local injury attorney to advise you.

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  4. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Typically a month or so. Your lawyer will handle it. If you didn't have a lawyer, don't sign the release, as you are likely being offered 1/10th of the true worth of the claim.

  5. S. David Rosenthal Esquire

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    Answered . Not sure what the process is in Tennessee. In California, it usually takes about 6-8 weeks from the date of filing to get a hearing. Who is going to handle the court process for you? There may be some technical requirements that will be difficult for you to handle without representation. You might consider contacting a good Tennessee personal injury attorney to evaluate whether the offer is fair in the first place and to possibly handle the minor's settlement process. If you are going to accept the current offer or close to it, you can negotiate a reduced contingency fee for the service of handling the minor's settlement.

    Good luck.

  6. Matthew C Simon

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    Answered . Its different State to State. get an experienced attorney's assistance in your area. Good luck.

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  7. Christopher Steven Hoffmann

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    Answered . In general, if there is a car accident and a minor is injured, court approval is required to settle the minors case. In some instances depending upon the amount of injury and compensation, the money is placed into a restricted account, trust and/or an estate is required to be opened. This can vary from a month to three month, but could take longer if there are complications or other issues that arise. Call a local attorney for help. This is important and needs to be done correctly.

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  8. Ronald Walter Kim

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    Answered . Minor approvals should not take long, generally once all documents are prepared a special setting
    is requested by your attorneys for Court approval.

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