When people file personal injury claims and lawsuits, one of the questions they often ask is how long their personal injury claim or lawsuit will last. Unfortunately, there is no magic formula that provides you with a definite calculation of how long it will take you to obtain compensation after you file your claim or case. The duration of your case will depend on numerous factors, including some that may change as your case progresses. A claim may get resolved in just a couple of months, or it may stretch to several months or even a year or more. Lawsuits tend to take more time and can potentially last for a number of years.
While a lawyer will not be able to tell you exactly how long your personal injury case will take, he or she may be able to give you a rough estimate by taking various factors into consideration. These include factors such as:
- The amount of time it will take to evaluate the extent of the injuries (through medical evaluation)
- The amount of time it will take to determine the full value of the damages (such as costs for current and future medical treatment and the impact on the victim's ability to earn an income)
- The amount of time it will take to collect other important evidence for the case
- The complexity of the case
- The willingness of the at-fault party or the at-fault party's insurance company to negotiate
Personal injury cases tend to last longer when they involve more severe injuries (such as catastrophic injuries) or particularly large amounts of money in claimed damages. This is because the insurance companies have more money at stake in these cases, so they are usually willing to fight harder to avoid paying a full compensation, or even any compensation at all.
If you would like to get a better idea of how long your personal injury claim or lawsuit may last, we encourage you to discuss your case with a Cincinnati personal injury lawyers from our firm, The Moore Law Firm. Because we offer free case evaluations, it won't cost you anything to get your personal injury matter reviewed by a qualified legal professional. Contact our firm today!