How Long Will My Case Take?
The length of time it will take to resolve your personal injury case also depends on several factors. Again, because every situation is unique, it's difficult to give an exact timeframe.
Various steps may be involved in these matters that affect how long they take:
- Speaking with an attorney: The first stage in the process is discussing the details of the accident with a lawyer. You want to be sure you provide a full account to allow your attorney to begin developing a legal strategy.
- Examining evidence: Building a solid and compelling case requires a thorough review of the situation. This can include looking at records, police reports, surveillance footage, and other relevant information, as well as speaking with witnesses. In the case of a car accident, an accident reconstruction expert may be needed to help determine what happened.
- Waiting for Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI): To seek a fair compensation amount, you must ensure that you consider all current and future medical care needed to treat your injuries. This is most effectively done after you have reached MMI.
- Negotiating a settlement: When you file a personal injury claim, you must first attempt to resolve the matter with the at-fault party's insurance company. Because the insurer is concerned with protecting its bottom line, it'll likely offer a low amount. To work toward obtaining the recovery you need and deserve, you and your lawyer must negotiate with the company. This stage can take a considerable amount of time.
- Going to court: If you're unable to settle your case through negotiations, you can pursue a lawsuit. If your matter goes this route, it can take longer to resolve, as a court date must be set, and your case must be presented in front of a judge or jury.
At Henderson, Mokhtari & Weatherly, we can work hard to pursue an effective path for your case. However, that does not mean we will take the easiest route. If the matter can be settled out of court, we will pursue that option. But we will also be ready to litigate if necessary.