How long does a personal injury case take?

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You may be wondering how long a personal injury case takes to complete.

Although every case differs, most cases are resolved within 18 months after the injury occurs. If your injuries require more extensive treatment, or if your case requires litigation, then 24 – 36 months is a more realistic range. Our goal is to resolve every case as quickly as possible while ensuring we achieve the best possible results for each client. As your case progresses, we can give you a more accurate estimate of how long your case will take.

The duration of a personal injury case can vary significantly depending on various factors, such as the complexity of the case, the severity of the injuries, the willingness of the parties to negotiate, and the court’s schedule. Generally, a personal injury case can take anywhere from several months to several years to complete.

Here’s a rough timeline of the stages involved in a personal injury case:

Initial Consultation and Investigation

This stage involves meeting with a personal injury attorney to discuss the case details and determine its merits. The attorney will then conduct an investigation to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and assess liability.

Filing a Lawsuit or Insurance Claim

Depending on the circumstances, the attorney may file a lawsuit or negotiate with the insurance company to seek compensation for the injuries

Discovery

This stage involves the exchange of information between the parties, including documents, witness statements, and other evidence relevant to the case.

Mediation or Settlement Negotiations

Many personal injury cases resolve through mediation or settlement negotiations outside of court. This stage can take some time as both parties attempt to reach a mutually acceptable settlement.

Trial Preparation

If the case does not settle, it will proceed to trial. This stage involves preparing legal arguments, witness testimony, and other evidence for presentation in court.

Trial

The trial itself can vary in length depending on the complexity of the case and the number of witnesses and evidence presented.

Verdict and Appeals

After the trial, the jury will deliver a verdict. If either party is dissatisfied with the verdict, they may choose to appeal the decision, which can further prolong the process.

Overall, the duration of a personal injury case can be unpredictable, and it’s essential to work closely with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process and advocate for your rights.

 

 

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