How long will my personal injury suit last?

Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer. The length of a personal injury suit can vary significantly from case to case. Settlement status is one of the biggest factors that determines the duration of a lawsuit. If your case is settled out of court in any fashion, it will often be significantly shorter than a case that goes to trial.

If you were to, for example, accept an insurance company’s first offer (which is usually drastically lower than what you are owed for the damages caused), you could theoretically settle your case within a matter of weeks. But this is practically never a good idea.

In some cases, an attorney can work with an insurance company to settle the case without the use of litigation. This is typically quickest, and in these cases, you and your attorney may reach an agreement with the company in under a year. However, this option is not always feasible either.

Other times, it is necessary to litigate. But even if litigation occurs, it is often still possible to settle the case without going to trial.

If all else fails, and if the insurance company still refuses to offer enough money to cover the damages, a trial may be necessary. Cases that go to trial can take more than two years, but the trial is sometimes needed to win you your just compensation.

The nature of your injuries also influences the length of your personal injury suit. Once a personal injury suit is settled, it is impossible to get more compensation – if, for example, it later turns out that your injuries require more medical treatment than you previously knew. As such, it is sometimes necessary to wait to pursue the case until you make a complete recovery or reach the maximal point of improvement. This can lengthen the time until the case can be settled by years.

Though the timeline may seem long, don’t be discouraged. An attorney can tell you more about what to expect with your particular case. If you believe you have a personal injury suit, please contact Joyce & Reyes for a free consultation.

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