One of the most common questions we get from clients is, “How long will my personal injury case take?” With mounting medical bills and the insurance deadlines, it is understandable that you would want to be done with the process as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, there is no sure answer to your question. A personal injury case varies depending on the length of your treatment, the parties involved, insurance companies, and the circumstances surrounding your injury.
While your attorney can demand settlement or file a case quickly, the insurance company will likely prove the largest hurdle. Many insurance companies have been known to drag their feet to save a few dollars. However, by hiring an experienced personal injury attorney, you’ll stay one step ahead of them.
The Personal Injury Claim Timeline
To provide you with a better understanding of an “average” timeline on a personal injury case, we’ll go step-by-step.
- The accident occurs, police or medical personnel are called to the scene, and the injured parties seek immediate medical treatment.
- The investigation is conducted, representation confirmed with all parties, and requests for more documentation and information are made.
- Depending on the injuries involved, one or both parties may require ongoing treatment with a physical therapist or doctor, ranging from 1 to 15 months.
- If surgery is necessary, it may take 2-6 months to schedule an operation, depending on the severity of the injuries.
- Generally, after treatment is concluded, subject to an insurance policy that supports damages, pre-lawsuit settlement negotiations take place with the insurance adjuster.
- If the insurance company does not choose to settle for reasonable compensation, a lawsuit is initiated.
- Litigation can help further settlement discussions quickly, or take years to resolve. Each case is different and depends on a significant amount of variables. The best course of action is hiring an attorney that you trust to work diligently in your best interest.
To conclude a personal injury case fully and successfully, it may take a year or more. If the insurance company chooses to settle out of court, as most do, then you are looking at significantly less time overall.
In either case, one of the earliest steps you should take, after seeking medical treatment for your injuries, is to call a personal injury attorney. Their invaluable experience of such matters will help move your personal injury case along and ensure you receive compensation for your injuries and personal property damages.