One of the first things you want to know when you are hurt is how long the process will take for your personal injury claim. The answer depends on the complexity of your case, the severity of your injuries, and whether you are able to reach a fair settlement agreement or have to take your case to trial.
Realistically, your case can take anywhere from a few months to a few years.
The majority of personal injury cases are resolved by settlement rather than going to trial. However, you will need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company.
Completing Your Medical Treatment
Before your attorney can prepare a demand for compensation, you need to know what your injuries are going to cost. That means completing your medical treatment. If you have serious injuries, you may be facing a lifetime of medical needs and expenses, but you will reach a point in your treatment where an experienced attorney and their team of experts can reasonably calculate your future expenses and the long-term impact on your income and ability to earn.
How the Insurance Company Tries to Shortchange You
Insurance companies are notorious for offering a quick settlement that is far less than what your claim is truly worth. Injury victims often jump at the offer because they are desperate for the money and have no idea what their long-term expenses and losses will be. In the process of accepting the payment they sign away the right to get paid fully, when the real costs become apparent.
Filing Your Lawsuit in Time
If your personal injury attorney is not able to negotiate a fair settlement for you before the statute of limitations runs out, you’ll need to file a lawsuit or you will lose your right to sue. In Georgia, the statute of limitations for personal injury is two years. Even if you do file, your case is likely to settle before going to trial.
Each case is unique and the amount of time that it will take to resolve your claim will depend on many factors. To learn more about how long your claim may take, call Robbins Law, PC, at 800-772-5555 or email us and schedule your free consultation.