The answer to the question of how long it takes to settle a personal injury case is not a simple one. It depends on a variety of factors, such as the extent of the injuries, the length of treatment, the insurance available, and the liability. Generally speaking, soft tissue cases without surgery, fractures, or permanent injuries can be resolved within three to six months after the accident. However, an offer from an insurance appraiser may be 50 percent lower than what you would receive if your case went to civil court.
It is important to note that the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit may not have the financial means to pay a large sum of money in exchange for fair compensation. Therefore, it is essential to bring any evidence you have about how your accident and injuries occurred, such as medical bills, photos of your injuries and damages, and more. On average, personal injury claims are usually resolved within one year from the date the claim was filed. If you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit, it is recommended that you schedule a free case evaluation with one of Morgan & Morgan's state-licensed personal injury lawyers.
Negotiations to reach an agreement can be as informal as between the two lawyers over the phone or as formal as mediation or arbitration. If mediation helps both parties reach a resolution, then your personal injury case will be scheduled to be tried. While each state implements different pre-trial procedures, you can expect your case to reach the trial phase one to two years after filing a personal injury lawsuit.