Did you have a personal injury? If your injury is serious, you should get legal advice from a personal injury attorney right away to learn about all of your options. Always keep in mind that the sooner you see a lawyer, the smoother and more straightforward things will be for you.
“How long will my case take?” is a question that wounded clients frequently ask a personal injury lawyer. Because there are so many factors, that is a difficult question to answer. Here are a few things to think about.
Is it evident who is to blame for the accident?
If there is no disagreement over who is to blame for the accident and the only question is how much your car is worth, the procedure may be accelerated. A lawyer will almost certainly have to go through the fact-gathering and discovery stages of the case to prove the other motorist was at fault.
Is the status of your injuries stable?
While you are still recovering from your injuries, most lawyers will hesitate to settle your case. You’re taking a risk since you don’t know how well you’ll recover. If a lawyer agrees on a settlement based on the expectation that you will continue to improve, but you do not, your settlement may be too low.
Have you returned to work?
Similarly, if you have not yet returned to your prior job or are still working limited hours, lawyers will want to wait before deciding until they know whether or not you will be able to work, and if so, at what level.
Is there more than one party involved in your case?
There may be delays when exams are arranged for discovery and mediation when there are more than two sets of lawyers on a case. Finding dates that work for a group of lawyers can add months to your case’s duration.
What is the value of your case?
Although there are no hard and fast rules, in general, the higher the value of a personal injury case, the longer it will take to process. This is sometimes because the insurance company takes longer to approve the case’s value. It’s sometimes because the insurance company wants to see if you’re serious and if you’ll be a good witness and/or if you’ll improve over time.
Delays in the courtroom
There are already delays in getting personal injury car accident cases to pretrial and trial. Before the global epidemic, there were delays. Those delays are now even longer. As a result, if you have a case that requires the assistance of a judge to settle it before trial or a trial for fair compensation, it may take longer to resolve.
Patience is a virtue that pays off.
In most cases, it is best advised that clients choose between a quick settlement and a fair payout, but they rarely get both. Waiting till the correct time is right and will be worth it if you have substantial injuries and losses.