How long will it take for a Personal Injury or Accident Lawsuit? Injury and accident lawsuits have no set timeline for completion. Most cases cannot be resolved until the injured party has finished treatment or reached maximum medical improvement, even if they will require future treatment. Usually, for what is called a soft tissue injury (i.e. no broken bones, or severe damage to the spine or other body parts, but pain in the soft tissues) treatment can go between 4-8 months, after which time pre-litigation negotiations take place. If the case can be resolved for a fair and reasonable sum consistent with the fair market value of the case, then the matter is settled and comes to conclusion often within a few months of the client completing treatment.
Other cases can go on much longer if the client is still treating with severe injuries requiring more intensive medical treatment, and/or if the parties are not able to negotiate a fair settlement for the fair market value of the case or above the fair market value. When this occurs, a lawsuit is filed and the case proceeds through the court litigation system. Many personal injury claims are able to come to a settlement before reaching a full-fledged trial. A case that goes to trial often takes longer delayed by backed up court dockets.
At Tindall Law Firm we make sure to prepare your case for trial, while still negotiating the matter along the way to obtain the quickest resolution possible, while still ensuring the client is fairly and justly compensated for his or her injuries, harms and losses.
No two cases are ever exactly the same, so each has to be treated individually to assess the prospects of the length of time it will take to resolve the case. Who the at fault insurance company is also often dictates how long it will take to resolve a case. Our law firm is very experienced in handling these matters and has good information on how each insurance company handles these cases, and other relevant factors, which allows us to give a pretty good estimate of how long the case will continue. However, there is no exact science to predicting how long a case will go, since there are so many moving parts that can impact this.
A PERSONAL INJURY CASE RESOLUTION TIMELINE
Below is a summary timeline that standard cases follow:
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE FILE A LAWSUIT?
Once the lawsuit has been filed the period of discovery begins. Attorneys for all sides will serve written questions, which are called interrogatories, on each party to learn more about the case, and then they will conduct depositions of the parties. This is a process where the parties testify in the presence of a court reporter, with the attorneys asking questions.
Once the discovery period is over, there will be a court ordered conferences to attempt to resolve the case short of a trial. A trial date will be set if parties involved cannot come to an agreement. On that date your claim will be presented before a jury with a judge presiding to oversee the process. We prepare every case we take as if it is going to trial, specifically to ensure that our clients receive the fairest compensation they deserve if, despite our best efforts, a settlement cannot be reached on just terms for our client.
If you need a personal injury lawyer in Waterbury, please contact Tindall Law Firm at 203-755-0018 to schedule your no-obligation, no cost consultation today.