How Long Does It Take to Recover Money from a Motorcycle Accident Claim?

Posted by George Tait | May 13, 2022 | 0 Comments

You should rarely settle your motorcycle injury case or file a lawsuit until you recover from your injuries from a motorcycle accident.

When to settle your case
Motorcycle Accident

Short Story of a Motorcycle Accident Case

Let me tell you a short story about a case we recently handled for a young man in a motorcycle case here in Utah.

A car turned left in front of our client.  The car driver was obviously at fault.  Our client had a pretty bad ankle fracture requiring surgery with placement of four screws.  He then had to go through rehabilitation—physical therapy primarily. He was progressing well and nearing the end of his treatment—he had one more appointment with his orthopedic surgeon to be cleared for returning to work. 

He wanted us to settle the case because he wanted to invest in flipping homes with some friends.  We had an offer on the case for $150,000.  This was a reasonable offer.  I pleaded with him to wait until he was released by his surgeon—he agreed—it was only another week or so to the appointment.

On the morning of his last appointment with his surgeon he was carefully coming down the carpeted stairs at his mother's home where he was staying.  He slipped on the carpet and, you guessed it, fractured the same ankle.

He had to have surgery again and rehabilitation, although not as long for the first surgery, still had to take place.

We ultimately settled that case for $250,000.

Moral of the Motorcycle Accident Story

Never settle your case before you know the full extent of your injuries!  In the above story, had we settled for $150,000 that is all our client would have received.  He would have had to bear the cost of the second surgery without any financial help.

Attorneys often call the full extent of your injuries “maximum medical improvement” of MMI.  Every industry has its own language and you may hear this term from lawyers or insurance adjusters.

Utah Bike Law is a motorcycle injury law firm and its lawyers who ride are dedicated to representing injured motorcycle riders and their families.  If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle crash anywhere in the United States we invite you to call for a free confidential consultation. There is no obligation and you are not charged any fees whatsoever unless we recover money for you.

About the Author

George Tait

Since 2004 George Tait has dedicated his practice to helping injured people and their families get fair and full compensation from the insurance companies. Before becoming an attorney George Tait was a Registered Nurse for over 15 years. The last years of his nursing career were in the Universit...


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