Pursuing a personal injury claim can be intimidating, especially when you are unsure of how long the process will take. While every case is different, we want to provide general information about things that can impact how long personal injury cases last, so that you have a better idea of what to expect. Speak with our team to learn more about your legal options and the timeline in your specific circumstance.
Multiple factors can affect how long a personal injury claim lasts. These include the complexity of the case as well as the severity of your injuries.
A personal injury case may take longer to resolve when it involves multiple parties, extensive medical treatment, or disputed liability. On the other hand, when the case facts are clear, and the parties are willing to work toward a settlement, the process may be quicker.
When you have sustained catastrophic or permanent injuries, your case may take longer to resolve as your medical treatment continues and your attorney works to calculate the full extent of your damages.
Once you have retained an attorney, he or she will gather the necessary evidence to support your claim. This may include medical records, witness statements, video surveillance, and other relevant documentation to your case. For car accident claims, this could also involve hiring accident reconstructionists. Collecting this evidence can take several weeks or even months, depending on the availability of the information and the extent of your injuries.
Once the necessary information has been gathered and reviewed, your attorney will begin negotiations with the other party’s insurance company. This is typically when most personal injury cases are resolved through a settlement or trial. When a settlement is reached, the process can be relatively quick, and the case may be resolved within a few weeks or months. However, it can take much longer if the case goes to trial. Trials can take several months or even years to be scheduled, and the actual trial process can take several weeks to complete.
At Norden Leacox Accident & Injury Law, we are committed to helping you navigate the legal process and protecting your right to compensation. If you have been involved in an accident, do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. We will ensure that you know how long your personal injury case may last and all other essential guidelines.