Every case is different, so there is no set time frame for a personal injury case. In general, the more money the case is worth, the longer it will take to settle. Personal injury cases can take anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on multiple factors. In most cases, a personal injury case will only be settled quickly if the injured party agrees to a lower settlement than they rightly deserve.
Factors that Affect the Time Frame
There are many different factors that will determine the overall time frame of a personal injury case. Clear liability may help expedite the process of a personal injury case. If liability can’t clearly be proven, it will take longer to determine liability.
The extent of the injuries will also influence the length of the personal injury case. Not all injuries will be apparent immediately at the time of the accident. It can take months to fully diagnose the lasting effects of an injury caused by an accident. It is important to wait for Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) before settling a personal injury case. If you settle the case prior to achieving this state and a hidden injury surfaces, you will be unable to receive compensation for this injury.
Hire an Attorney
Beware of settling for a lower amount just to end the case quickly. Though this is an understandable action, it may prevent you from paying all of your medical bills from the accident. However, it may also be difficult to foot medical bills on your own prior to the final settlement. Consulting with a personal injury attorney can help you determine the best course of action for your individual situation.
Personal injury cases can be extremely complicated. They differ widely because every situation and injury is slightly different. To obtain superior legal representation for your personal injury case, contact us at LeBaron & Jensen today!