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August 07, 2023

How Long Does It Take to Settle a Car Accident Lawsuit?

Factors That May Affect the Length of Your Car Accident Claim

When you are injured in a car accident, you want answers. A primary concern is how long it will take for you to receive compensation. While there is no set amount of time that car accident cases take to settle, there are several factors that can affect the timeline of your claim. It is important to speak with an attorney to get a firm understanding of what may cause your case to take more than a few weeks to settle.

At Denlea & Carton LLP (“Injured 914”), we represent individuals who have been seriously injured in car accidents in White Plains, NY, and throughout Westchester County. Our lawyers can help you understand the legal process, including how long you can expect before your case will resolve. If you were injured in a car accident, contact our office at (914) 368-7168 to schedule a free consultation. 

How Long Will It Take My Car Accident Claim to Settle?

Car accidents can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to settle. Depending on the circumstances of the case, it could take a year or more to resolve your claim. Retaining an attorney is the best way to determine when you should expect your case to settle.

Factors that may affect the length of your car accident claim include:

  • Liability issues. Disputes about who or what caused the accident can make your case longer to settle. If a party is denying liability, you may have to prove fault if you were seriously injured.
  • Complex injuries. Another factor that can extend the length of time it takes to resolve your case is the extent of your injuries. The more severe your injuries or, the more damages you need to prove, the longer it may take to settle your case. 
  • Jurisdiction. Where your case will be heard can also affect the length of time it will take to find a resolution. Some courts are extremely backlogged and will not hear cases for months (if not years) if your case needs to go to trial.
  • Representation. Whether or not you retained legal counsel can affect the timeline of your case. Without an attorney, an insurance company may give you the run around or try to get you to settle your case for less than it is worth. 

In order to obtain the most favorable disposition on your case, you need to speak with a lawyer as early in the process as possible. It is also important to seek medical attention and provide your medical records as proof of your injuries. The more evidence that you have to support your claim, the less time it will take to resolve in most cases. 

Why Is My Lawyer Taking So Long to Settle My Case?

When you are injured in a car accident, it can feel like an eternity for your case to settle. Injury victims are often left wondering why it is taking their lawyers so long to settle their cases. A car accident attorney will always work to resolve your case as quickly as possible, but in some cases, it can take longer to ensure that you receive the results you deserve.

Car accident claims typically take months to resolve since an attorney must prove your case. If you have extensive damages or there is a question about liability, your attorney will need to subpoena evidence, interview witnesses, and conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident. All of these things take time, but you can rest assured that your attorney is working tirelessly to ensure that you never settle for less than your case is worth.

Contact Our Office for a Free Consultation

If you were injured in a car accident, contact our office for a free case evaluation. Let us help you get the compensation you need after an accident. We will fight to ensure that you receive the money you deserve. Call now to speak directly with a member of our legal team. 


James R. Denlea

Jeffrey I. Carton

Robert J. Berg

Lindsey Leibowitz

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John Leifert

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