Our clients often ask about how long a settlement will take. Sadly, there is no easy answer to this question. Each client we help has unique circumstances. For example, the value of your claim can be affected by how long it takes you to recover.
The process of negotiating a fair settlement can also affect the time things take to resolve fully. In cases where the legal process is complex, you could recover an accurate and fair settlement for damages through a lawsuit.
Today, we discuss what to expect during each stage of a typical personal injury lawsuit timeline and what we do to help our clients. You might not even know what constitutes a personal injury case. Our firm can resolve all of your questions.
When to Discuss Your Situation with a Personal Injury Lawyer
If another person or organization caused your injury, it could be a smart move to consider a free consultation for a professional opinion about your legal options. However, even a minor accident can result in significant health issues along the line. So, it is important to make sure your bases are covered as soon as possible after seeking medical care.
In cases where the legal process is complex, you must ensure you can recover an accurate and fair settlement for damages. These cases involve serious injuries, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, product liability, or premises liability. Your award might include:
- Current and ongoing medical bills and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages and compensation if your employment is affected in the future
- Non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Any change in the quality of your life
To summarize, if the accident has caused you to miss work or has affected your life or employment in any way, we would recommend a free case review to learn more about your legal options. The firms you consider might even have case results listed online to look at that affirm the team’s representation style.
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Early Stages in the Personal Injury Timeline
The first and most important thing you can do for your health and case is to seek medical attention and follow recommended treatment plans. Having your injuries properly treated and documented makes it easier to determine the impact of the accident. It also provides medical evidence to support your case.
At this point, your lawyer will ask you about the accident in detail and begin to review the medical records and bills related to your injury. This allows your attorney to gain a clear understanding of your situation. The specifics of your case will largely determine how long this takes. As a general overview, thinking in terms of months rather than weeks is a realistic guide.
Determining the Most Suitable Course of Legal Action
Smaller personal injury claims are often resolved without a lawsuit, making the settlement process quicker. However, for more complex cases, you could file a lawsuit. This would also have to happen if negotiations stall or if you cannot settle the claim.
You must initiate legal proceedings within strict time limits per your state’s statute of limitations for personal injury. After you start your case, the discovery phase begins when both parties investigate each other’s claims and defenses.
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The Discovery Phase of Your Lawsuit Is Important When Proving Your Injuries
This stage requires an in-depth investigation into the accident. Here, we typically identify at-fault parties. We will do this by gathering evidence like:
- Witness statements
- Medical and employment records
The discovery process can be lengthy and will vary due to factors such as:
- The complexity of your case
- The severity of your injuries
- The amount of damages
- The responsiveness of the at-fault parties insurers
Cases take longer when there is a dispute about the facts. Your law firm could provide access to a network of medical, accident reconstruction, and financial specialists. These parties would provide expert testimony to support you when necessary.
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Your Lawyer Needs to Look at Your Losses to Assign a Value to Your Case
After the discovery phase and obtaining an accurate prognosis of your injuries, your lawyer will valuate your losses. They will conduct a financial assessment of the accident’s full impact before entering into settlement negotiations.
You could settle the claim without the need for mediation or trial, which is often the case. The cost of a trial is something most insurers want to avoid. Going to trial makes the process more expensive and takes longer. However, your lawyer might cover your
Underwood Law Office: Standing Up for People Carelessly Harmed By Others
Being hurt in an accident caused by another person’s careless behavior can have a devastating impact on your life and ability to work. The team at Underwood Law Office stands up for victims of negligence by fighting for a fair settlement.
We take pride in helping our clients achieve the compensation and justice they deserve. Our team maintains a high standard of client satisfaction; we can help you too. Our personal injury firm offers a free, initial consultation and no-win, no-fee representation. Find out if you have a case. Begin with a simple phone call with our team at (972) 535-6377 today.