How long a case will take depends quite a few factors. If you have been injured in a car accident and are wondering how long your case will take, consider the following:
How Long a Case Will Take Depends on the Nature of Your Injuries
While it is natural to want to have your injury lawsuit settled as quickly as possible, depending on the nature of your injuries, ongoing and future medical needs, and whether there is a chance that future medical issues could arise, a lawsuit can take many months (if not years) to resolve.
While this may seem like an unbearably long time for a lawsuit to be settled, it is important to remember that it’s usually in the victim’s best interests. If you’re injured in a car accident and settle before the full extent of your injuries are understood or diagnosed, you may end up paying for medical bills and treatments that might otherwise have been recovered for you by your personal injury lawsuit.
The Length of Your Case Can Depend on Insurance Company Cooperation
Another crucial factor in how long your lawsuit will take is how much cooperation you get from the insurance companies. Typically, your lawyer will serve as your counsel and representative with the insurance companies. And, it is not uncommon for insurance companies to take weeks (if not months) to respond to attorney requests and contacts.
Once again, while this may seem frustrating, it is part of the process and nearly unavoidable. In general, if you hire an attorney who is skilled and experienced with handling personal injury lawsuits and insurance companies, he or she will be able to continue moving your case forward regardless of the obstacles that the insurance companies will try to throw in your way.
The Length of Your Lawsuit Can Depend on Whether it Must Go to Trial
Did you know that most personal injury lawsuits never go to to trial? Typically, this is a good thing because trials extend the length of time it takes for a case to be resolved (not only because it can take months to get a trial date, but because trials themselves can take weeks to finish). In addition, if an appeals court is asked to review it, even more time is adding to the length of a case.
How Long a Case Will Take Depends on the Complexity of the Case
How long it will take to resolve a suit often comes down to the complexity of the case. Is there one person at fault and is their liability clear? Or, does the case involve a multi-car collision with multiple injured parties, accusations against the state and/or disputes over who is at fault? In general, the more complex the case, the longer it will take.
Get a Free Legal Consultation with a Milwaukee Car Accident Lawyer
While no one can tell you exactly how long your case will take, a good lawyer can help you understand what factors influence case length and the likelihood that you will need to go to trial to get compensation for your losses.
For a free legal consultation to better understand your case and your rights, call personal injury lawyer Karl Gebhard. He will act swiftly to help you protect your rights and recover your losses. All services offered on a contingency basis.
For your free consultation, call today at 414-873-6550.