How Long Does a Personal Injury Lawsuit Take?
After an accident and injury, filing a personal injury claim may be your only way of recovering the compensation you need to pay for sudden medical bills and lost wages.
It’s important to keep in mind, however, that this is not an instant solution. Many personal injury cases take months or years to settle or reach a verdict. Several factors, including your attorney’s skill set, may affect the duration of the case.
Learn more about the timeline of a personal injury lawsuit and what you may be able to expect.
The Personal Injury Timeline
In a typical personal injury case, the following will occur:
The plaintiff hires an experienced personal injury attorney.
The attorney investigates the claim and reviews the client’s medical records.
The personal injury lawsuit is filed.
The defendant hires their own attorney.
Both parties begin the discovery process and investigate the other’s legal claims.
Both parties begin the negotiation process and try to reach a settlement.
If no fair settlement can be reached, the case goes to trial.
The trial results in a verdict or case dismissal.
The duration of a personal injury case depends on several factors, including the complexity of the case, the amount of evidence collected, the attorney’s skill set, and more. Typically, however, personal injury cases range anywhere from six months to three years.
While this may seem like a long time, keep in mind that the end often justifies the means. The compensation that you may recover from a personal injury lawsuit may provide for you and your loved ones in the wake of a serious or catastrophic injury that prevents you from working. Giving up on a potential case before it begins may put you in an insurmountable financial hole later in life.
Contact DiPasquale Moore today at (888) 743-1030 to learn how we can help you through this process.