How Long Can a Personal Injury Case Last?
Sep 24, 2019 02:34 PM EDT
Every personal injury case is unique and has a different timeline. Therefore, it's impossible to say how long a case will last. But there are several factors that impact the timeline of your case. By learning more about those factors, you can estimate how long your case will take.
How Long it Takes You to Hire an Attorney
Some people hesitate to hire an attorney after their injury. There are many reasons for this, but hesitating is a mistake. The longer you take to speak with an attorney, the longer it will take to resolve your case.
If possible, you should start looking for an attorney immediately after your accident. While you don't want to make a hasty decision, you also shouldn't drag your feet. Act quickly and you may be able to bring your case to an end in a matter of months.
It's a misconception that you need to wait for your injuries to heal to file a personal injury claim. Although your medical bills can help you calculate your damages, you don't need to finish your medical care to get full damages. Rather, you can request money for future medical expenses.
How Complex Your Case Is
The complexity of personal injury claims vary greatly. Typically, the more complex the case, the longer it will take to resolve.
There's good reason for this. If there is a lot of evidence in your case, the discovery process will take longer. Your lawyer and the other party's lawyer will need months to analyze the evidence. Until that's finished, your case will remain in limbo.
More evidence also means more chances for hearings. There could be more motions, which requires court dates and time. Depending on how complex your case is, it could take years to resolve it in court.
The Schedule of Your Civil Court
If your civil court is busy, you'll need to wait for a court date. This can take months. However, your court might not have an open schedule. In this case, it won't take long to get a court date.
That said, you can expect your case to take at least six months. Typically, it takes years to get a court decision on the issue. Even if there is only a short wait for the court date, you still need to go through the legal process. A lawyer can explain more about that process.
Whether or Not You Settle
There is a way to help your court case be resolved quickly. While a court case is lengthy, a settlement negotiation does not need to take years. When you work with Grossman Law Offices, you can work towards getting a rapid settlement.
A settlement involves a negotiation process. First, your lawyer meets with you and hears about your case. Then, they determine a fair amount of damages. Using their experience and negotiation skills, they come up with an offer. They present the offer to the other party's lawyer.
It's rare for the other party to agree to the first offer on the table. So, the negotiation process begins. If both parties can agree on a fair settlement offer, the case is resolved. You can get your money after only a short time.
About 95% to 96% of personal injury claims end with a settlement. To learn more about your chances for a settlement and the timeline of your case, you should speak with an attorney.