Lawyers don't like cases to drag on any more than clients do. You should really be talking to your lawyer about this because every case is different. In some cases, you get a check in two weeks from signing the releases. Or, it can take a really long time to complete a settlement when there are liens or structures or if a court approval is required. To give you an idea: I settled a death case in Brooklyn last December and the order hasn't been signed yet, so nobody has been paid. I settled an infant brain injury case last week which will involve liens and structures. I expect that the approval process for that case will drag on into the Fall.
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Your lawyer wants to get paid as much as you do so I doubt he is draggin his feet. Structured settlements are complicated and involved outside vendors. Call your lawyer to discuss.
I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases. Feel free to check out my web site and contact me at (212) 385-8015 or via email at Eric@RothsteinLawNY.com. The above answer is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.
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