If there is one question every personal injury lawyer can attest to hearing each day it has to be, “How long until my case is settled?” Unfortunately, if your attorney is being honest with you, he/she can rarely give you an accurate time frame for when a case will get settled.
How long will my personal injury case take?
There are many reasons your attorney will have difficulty in providing an accurate time frame. First and foremost, each case is completely unique, with different injuries, facts, insurance companies, and damages. For instance, you would think that two separate claims with similar injuries and property damages would settle for a similar amount at or near the same time, but this is not necessarily the case. One may take much longer because of an unreasonable insurance company, defendant, insurance policy investigation, or just plain bad luck.
Secondly, it is difficult to provide an accurate answer because all sorts of problems can occur during the claims process. A recurring injury or accident-related health issues may arise after you are released from medical treatment. If this is the case, then all negotiations should halt until the client is re-examined and treated. Because of healthcare and privacy laws, there can also be a delay in the medical providers turning over relevant hospital records and bills.
Settling a Personal Injury Case Out of Court
As you would expect, settling a case out of court is much easier than long, drawn-out litigation. Once a case makes its way into litigation, an entirely new time frame for settlement or possible verdict must be considered. Litigation will typically involve the filing of a lawsuit and depositions of all involved parties, including treating physicians, before a case is even remotely considered ready for court. The period of time between the filing of a lawsuit and an actual trial date can be months or even years, depending on the complexity of the case and the number of involved parties.
Being involved in a personal injury or medical malpractice claim takes patience, from both the client and the attorney. One of the most important virtues that has built and shaped The Chiozza Law Firm is honesty. Some attorneys will tell a client what they want to hear, whether is the truth or not, in order to avoid conflict. We prefer to always be honest and upfront with our clients. If your attorney is giving you honest answers and an honest opinion, then you should always know what to expect.
Personal Injury Attorney in Memphis
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, please contact The Chiozza Law Firm at 901-526-9494 for a free and honest case evaluation. We will listen to your legal problems and issues and provide you with truthful, straightforward legal advice. It is our pleasure to provide confidential, expert legal services for a reasonable fee. For more information on our legal services, please email Brian Chiozza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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