How long does a car accident lawsuit last?

The length of a car accident lawsuit can vary significantly depending on the nature of the injury and how the case progresses. In general, it will take at least a few months, and up to several years, to effectively pursue a car accident claim.

A car accident claim cannot fully proceed until the extent of the injuries is clear, and until the client has made as full a recovery as possible (called “the point of maximum recovery”). Waiting until the point of maximum recovery ensures that the attorney can pursue damages that address the full effects of the injury. In the meantime, the attorney can take some initial steps on the case.

In some cases, it is possible to settle with the insurance company out of court. This may be preferable when possible, and cases can settle in a shorter timeframe when they do not go to court.

If the insurance company does not offer a sufficient settlement, it may be necessary to pursue the case in court. If a lawsuit is filed, the first stage is a period of discovery, with each side gathering information and evidence. From there, it is sometimes possible to settle with a mediator or arbitrator without going to trial. But other times, the only way to get sufficient compensation is to go to trial.

Pursuing a lawsuit can be a lengthy process, especially if the case proceeds to trial. Your attorney can give you an idea of what timeline to expect given the specifics of your case. Please contact Joyce & Reyes for a free consultation about your car accident case.

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