Is this a DUI criminal case or personal injury case where you were hit by a drunk driver?
Depends on facts. You present none. Speak wit hyour attorney.
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Does this involve a personal injury case wherein the at fault party was driving under the influence or are your referring to a DUI criminal case wherein there may be some plea being considered?
If referring to a personal injury case, the length of negotiations will vary according to whether significant movement is being made toward settlement, how close or far apart the parties are with their perceived values, how serious each party really is toward accomplishing a settlement and how quickly the parties are responding to each other's last movement. In a mediation setting, negotiations are often reached within a day if everyone has prepared thoroughly and the parties are serious about what they are trying to accomplish. If settlement attempts are taking place through back and forth phone conversations, significant delays can often occur due to various delays in communication.
It is always best to speak in detail with an attorney when seeking answers to legal questions. You should not depend upon an answer to a legal question that is only based upon your initial inquiry which may not contain all of the facts necessary for one to make an informed opinion. I suggest contacting someone local to your area in order to go over more of the specifics related to your situation.
You need to give A LOT more facts than this in order for us to give any sort of answer. If you have an attorney speak with him/her.
Generally speaking, negotiations of a settlement vary on a case by case basis. With that being said, I agree with my colleagues that you would need to provide more facts in order to get a better response.
First, I'm sorry to hear about your accident. The length of negotiations depends an a number of factors, like the details of how the accident occurred. Insurance companies often try to delay paying claims, pay less than the plaintiff (you) deserve, or try to get out of paying at all. If the insurance company is giving you a hard time, resolving the case could take awhile, especially if you're trying to handle it on your own and without legal experience. My suggestion would be to talk to a personal injury lawyer who practices in Pennsylvania and who would have the skills and knowledge to fight for you the same way the insurance company is fighting to protect its own interests. Good luck!
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Do you have a lawyer representing you or are you attempting settlement on your own? But, either way, it is imposable for anyone here to answer your question. Has the drunk driver's insurance company agreed to cover him? In some states, insurance companies can deny coverage to a DUI driver.
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I agree with some of the other responses -- this question lacks enough information to give a satisfactory response. Each case is different. If you're referring to a set mediation date, I have been in a mediation that has went all day. I advise contacting an attorney near you. Good luck.
If you were injured by a drunk driver, you should retain an aggressive personal injury lawyer so you can get your money fast. Avvo has a great lawyer finder tool to locate an attorney close to your home. Good luck.
Every case is different and fact specific, consult with your attorney and bring this question to them. Best of luck.
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Each case is unique, and will involve different issues that must be considered by both sides. For example, is fault for the accident accepted or contested? What type of injuries were sustained? When did treatment begin? How long did treatment last, and what type of treatment was rendered? Are there any objective findings in medical tests? Are there outstanding medical expenses or a lien against the settlement proceeds? Is there income loss. There are many more issues than those listed here which may make your case simpler or more complex. I recommend that you call an experienced personal injury attorney if you are not already represented. The lawyers at Freeburn & Hamilton will be happy to speak with you, and there is absolutely no fee for the consultation.
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