Every case is different. Some claims are much more complex than others and involve more serious injuries. Only after a full investigation of the circumstances can your attorney begin to give you a sense of how long your claim may take.
One of the biggest factors influencing the length of your case is whether you settle or insist on seeing your claim through trial. Some cases may settle in a matter of months, while others may take years to go to trial. You should be wary of any attorney who guarantees that your case will settle in a certain amount of time without examining all the details.
Generally speaking, personal injury cases will settle more quickly if you are willing to accept less money for your injuries. Insurance companies notoriously try to rush injured plaintiffs into quick settlements for small damages. It’s important to assess your injuries and give them time to heal before rushing to accept an offer.
If you resist the quick settlement, your attorney will gather and analyze all the relevant evidence, including police reports, witness statements, and medical records. Fact gathering can often take months, if not longer. The good news is, the more time you spend analyzing your claim, the more likely you are to receive a settlement that accurately compensates you for your injuries.
While most personal injury cases settle, some do go to trial. And even if you are awarded damages by the court, it may take time to actually recover your money from the party who injured you. It’s not unusual for the trial process to take years.
Deciding the proper route to maximum recovery is not something that’s easy to do on your own. An experienced personal injury attorney will analyze your case and help you every step of the way, whether your claim ends in settlement or goes to trial. The Law Offices of Justin D. Brandel are dedicated to aggressively pursuing your claim and have a proven track record of helping their clients recover the full compensation they deserve. If you’ve been injured and think you have a claim, contact Mr. Brandel today for a free consultation.