How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?
A personal injury case, like any other lawsuit, has a typical timeline and specific guidelines that must be adhered to as the process makes its way through the system. Since each personal injury case is different, and the guidelines differ from state to state, it’s important to know exactly what is required of you and the steps that must be completed so that you don’t inadvertently endanger your case.
While it’s possible for a personal injury case to be settled before it goes to court, this is not always the case. Once the court system becomes involved, a claim can take months, or even years, to be completely resolved. The more complicated your case is, the stronger the likelihood it will take longer to resolve. You should always be prepared for this possibility.
There Are Always Potential Roadblocks
One of the things that can hold up the process is when a doctor requires that the plaintiff be monitored for a period of time before offering an evaluation. This assessment can be crucial when it’s necessary to determine the long-term effects of the injury. This can take as long as a year, depending on the circumstances of the case.
The discovery portion of the case is when witnesses and pertinent facts are presented and evaluated. Depending on how much information is submitted and how many witnesses are called, this can also take some time. Witnesses are questioned and a determination is made as to what they have to offer to the case. Witnesses have to be questioned by the defendant’s attorney as well as the plaintiff’s attorney. This kind of back and forth examination can take months before both sides have satisfied their requirements, and have properly presented their side of the case.
A Settlement May Be Reached at Any Time
Any evidence used to prove or disprove a claim is carefully examined until it’s deemed relevant and useful. Evidence is presented during the settlement stage and represents a last opportunity to resolve the claim before the courts become fully involved.
A settlement can take place at any time, and is generally influenced by how solid the plaintiff’s case is. Often, if the defendant’s attorney advises that the plaintiff’s claim is strong, and may well prevail in court, a settlement is offered in order to speed up the process and to save money. If this occurs, an agreement may be reached rather quickly.
Protect Your Rights
However, if your claim goes to court, the worst-case scenario may be that the entire process could drag on for several months or years. This is why it’s important to have an experienced attorney on your side from the beginning. Defendants sometimes try to prolong a case in order to create desperation on the part of the plaintiff. Having an attorney will help get you the settlement that you deserve and avoid being forced into something that you don’t want, and is not fair.
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Let Aslin Tutuyan Help You Evaluate Your Personal Injury Case
Aslin Tutuyan is a personal injury attorney with The Mandell Law Firm in Woodland Hills, California. Mandell Law is an aggressive personal injury law firm serving clients throughout the San Fernando Valley, the Greater Los Angeles area, and Southern California. Experienced and reputable, our attorneys provide hands-on care and sincere commitment to victims of personal injury and harms of all kinds, including accidents and third party negligence. Contact Aslin Tutuyan for a free consultation at 818.886.6600.