Many factors influence how quickly your case will be resolved.
When it comes to personal injury cases, no two are the same. That is why an experienced Riverside personal injury attorney usually will not be able to tell you with certainty how long your case will take to resolve. In some situations, finalizing a settlement can take just a few months — but in other cases, it may take more than a year to go through the legal process and get to trial.
There are many different factors involved in a personal injury case, and each of those factors may influence how long it takes to resolve the case. This post will explore how different aspects of your personal injury case may influence just how long it takes to resolve.
The Extent of Your Injuries
If you have been hurt in any type of accident, you will want to be fully compensated for your injuries. This may mean that you cannot settle or resolve a case until you understand the full scope of your injuries — and what sort of treatment or care you may require in the future.
In some situations, it is obvious what your injuries are and what kind of medical care you will need to recover. For example, if you broke your arm in a car accident, it may be a relatively simple matter to just wait until after the cast is off for your doctor to state whether or not you will need ongoing care to get better. But in other situations, your medical needs are more complex. It may take an extended period of time for your health to stabilize and for doctors to understand the extent of your injuries and what sort of care you will need to recover. This is often the case in accidents involving head trauma or internal injuries; it may not be possible for anyone to predict what your medical needs will be until after some time has passed and the doctors know more about your injury.
If you have been severely injured, it may take a lot longer to resolve your case than it would if you had a less significant injury. While it may be frustrating, it is ultimately a good thing because your settlement or award is more likely to represent the full scope of your injuries and to help you recover and move forward with your life.
The Parties Involved
One of the biggest factors in the length of your case is who exactly the other parties are. After all, you can’t settle a case if the other side is not willing to negotiate — and going to trial will typically take far longer than working out a settlement agreement.
Insurance companies regularly deal with lawsuits and understand the merits of personal injury cases. They will be able to evaluate a case and place a value on it, and work from that understanding. However, the value that they put on your case may be far lower than what you expect or deserve — and so coming to an agreement may take even longer. Remember that it is worth it to negotiate a better settlement — and that settling quickly isn’t always in your best interest.
The Court’s Schedule
If you can’t achieve a settlement, you will have to go to court. Anytime a lawsuit is filed, the parties will be subject to the court’s scheduling. Because so many cases (both civil and criminal) are going through the court system at any point in time, it can often be complicated to get a hearing or a trial scheduled. The court has to take into consideration its own schedule as well as the schedules of the attorneys, the parties and any witnesses. A trial may not be scheduled for quite some time after the lawsuit is filed — possible a year or longer. This is another reason why it may be advantageous to attempt to settle a case. However, if the other party isn’t willing to give you a fair settlement, then your Riverside personal injury attorney may advise you to take the case to trial to get the money you deserve for your injuries.
There is no easy way to predict exactly how long a personal injury case will take to resolve. If you have been hurt in a car accident, contact the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker today at 800-333-0000 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free initial consultation. We can advise you of your legal rights and options, and may be able to give you a rough estimate of how long it may take to resolve your case. Our initial consultations are always free, and we never charge a fee unless we get money for you!