Time can be heavy on your hands after a serious injury. Recovering can demand weeks, months, or even years. Meanwhile, you have little to do but think about how you’re going to meet your financial demands, support your family, and get back on your feet.
After an injury, you need help. But the system isn’t designed to make that help appear quickly. Rather, insurance companies extend the process both to buy time to analyze information and to create opportunities to delay or avoid paying a full, fair settlement.
How long does a personal injury case take? There’s no single answer. Every case has its own timeline. Factors that can affect the length of a personal injury claim include:
- How long your medical treatment lasts. It can be difficult or impossible to calculate your medical expenses until you’re as well as you’re going to be. As a result, your claim may wait until your treatment ends – and the length of your treatment will depend on your injuries and how your body responds to the treatment.
- Whether or not the defendant cooperates. Some defendants are willing to admit fault and work to resolve the case quickly. Others refuse to do either one. An experienced attorney on your side can help you respond effectively when the other side chooses to fight.
- Whether or not your case goes to trial. Most personal injury claims settle before trial. If your case needs to go to trial, however, it will take longer to resolve. In particularly contentious cases, a trial verdict may not even be the end: You and your attorney will need to prepare for potential appeals or other obstacles. Your lawyer can help you understand what obstacles are most likely in your case.
If you’ve been injured, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help ensure you meet essential deadlines and take necessary steps to move your claim forward. Contact the top-rated trial attorneys at Lombardi & Lombardi, P.A. today at 866.523.3121 to learn more.
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