The average time is one year from the date of the accident. However this time may be longer or shorter depending on the extent of your injuries, and the length of treatment necessary for you to reach maximum medical improvement (MMI).  Your case should not be settled until your medical condition has been properly evaluated, and you have received necessary treatment for your injury.  Often you may have to undergo chiropractic treatment or physical therapy for a period of months before your doctor determines that you have reached maximum medical improvement.  At that time your doctor will prepare a final report outlining your medical condition, treatment, injuries, and may make a finding of some degree of permanent injury.  It is important not to be in a hurry to settle your car accident case, and to follow any recommended course of treatment your doctor recommends through to completion.

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