How Long Will My Injury Case Take?
Understanding the Personal Injury Claim Process
One of the most common questions people have when they file a personal injury lawsuit is how long the process will take. It is essential to know that every case is unique, and the amount of time your case will take will depend on a variety of factors. The best way to determine how long you will need to wait to receive a financial recovery is to speak with an attorney as soon after the accident as possible.
At Denlea & Carton LLP, we provide legal representation for individuals who have been seriously injured due to another person’s negligence or wrongdoing. We will help walk you through the process, working with you to get the best possible outcome in your case. If you have been hurt because of someone else’s negligence contact our office to schedule a free consultation.
How Long Does It Take to Settle a Personal Injury Claim?
While there is no average length of time that it takes to resolve a personal injury lawsuit, there are things that may slow down or speed up the process.
Your personal injury case may be affected by:
- The severity of your injuries. If your injuries are severe, an insurance company or liable party may attempt to delay the case in order to avoid paying a large sum.
- There is a question of liability. In some cases, it may not be immediately apparent who was at fault for the accident or your injuries. If there is a question of liability, there may need to be an independent investigation to determine who was at fault.
- The facts of your case are complicated. The length of your case may also be prolonged if the circumstances are not straightforward. It may be that you had pre-existing injuries that were exacerbated by the accident, or there were multiple parties potentially at fault for your damages. Either way, the case may be extended.
Depending on the case, you may need more time to uncover the true extent of your damages, or you may have to have expert witnesses testify as to your injuries. An attorney will provide guidance about what to expect. They will also work hard to resolve your case as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Should I Accept an Early Settlement Offer?
In some instances, it may be tempting to accept an early settlement offer. Insurance companies, knowing that many people fear lengthy litigation, will provide low settlement offers in an attempt to resolve the case for as little money as possible. These early settlement offers generally do not include compensation for all of your damages, including your pain and suffering.
While you are the only person who can decide whether to accept a settlement, it is within your best interest to consult with an attorney before signing anything. An attorney can help you understand your rights and your legal options. They will review the offer to see whether you might be settling for less than your case is worth.
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