The purpose of the bodily injury claim is to put you back in the same position you were in before a car accident, and sometimes this means extensive treatment. The duration of the treatment is a determinant of how long the case will be. Treatment needs to be completed before your claims can be negotiated or even go to trial. Your medical records indicate the severity of your injury and the value of your claim. There is generally no rush when it comes to personal injury claims because you have only one body and it is best you are completely healed before you settle your claim. Once you settle your claim you will sign a release absolving the driver and their insurance company of all liability from future claims. It is imperative that you are completely recovered before you sign away your rights.