If you are in the midst of a personal injury case, or are considering filing one, you might be wondering how long you can expect it to take before it reaches a resolution. The fact is that there is no set timeframe for these cases. If you are quick to settle, which is generally not advisable, you can resolve it in no time. However, if you are interested in obtaining fair compensation, it will likely take a bit longer, depending on the circumstances of the case.
Here is what you need to know about the factors that play a crucial role in determining the length of a personal injury case:
- Your case has some issues: If it is difficult to determine liability or damages, this can impact how long your personal injury case might take. Additionally, an insurer might not make any settlement offers until your attorney is able to show that the defendant was at fault for your injuries and that you have a legal right to sue. If the treating physicians in your case are unable to determine whether or not the defendant caused your injuries, this can also affect your case.
- Your case involves a substantial sum of money: If the damages are significantly large in your case, you can bet an insurer will do everything possible to avoid having to pay you the amount you deserve. They will attempt to poke holes in your case by conducting a thorough investigation and will only be prepared to propose a reasonable settlement once they feel believe they do not have a good defense, or realize they cannot attack your credibility. Unfortunately, this process can take some time and insurers often hope injured victims are unable to wait and will simply accept a low settlement offer.
- You did not reach maximum medical improvement: If you have yet to reach maximum medical improvement, this could also prolong your case. It is in your best interest, however, that you wait to reach this point since, if you are still in treatment, it might be unclear if you will reach a full recovery or not, which can greatly impact the amount of compensation you are able to recover.
Keep in mind that if you do decide to settle quickly, you will not be able to reopen your case if you realize that it is not enough to compensate you for your injuries and other costs associated with the accident.
Personal Injury Attorney in New Orleans
If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, it is crucial that you seek the skilled and experienced legal assistance of a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At Cossé Law Firm, our New Orleans personal injury team has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients and we would be honored to do the same for you.
Contact our office today at (504) 265-1600 for a free consultation.