Facing an injury can have devastating consequences. You may be dealing with lasting damage, long-term treatment and missing time from work.
In the midst of trying to get better, you also have a pending personal injury case that can feel frustrating. You also likely have bills for your treatment that are starting to add up, and if you cannot work, you may be unable to pay them.
As your case moves forward, it can seem like a long time before you can move forward from the accident. Here’s what you should know about the timeline of a personal injury case.
Unfortunately, it depends
There are many components to a personal injury case. In some cases, it can take a significant amount of time to either complete the trial phase or receive a settlement. While a settlement tends to resolve the issue faster, defendants will often drag their feet during the process.
A personal injury case can include negotiating with the person at fault and an insurance company, which can take a significant amount of time. Defendants can afford a lengthy process, so they will stall and let the process go on longer.
Holding out hope
When a personal injury case takes a long time, it can be tempting to give up as it gets more expensive. However, if you are able to continue to fight for your rights in your case, you can hold out for a more successful outcome.
Hiring an attorney is not a guarantee of a specific outcome, but having support from a skilled professional can help you know what to expect as the case progresses.
There are many moving pieces to a personal injury claim. While the process could take several months to over a year, it is important to hold those responsible for your injuries.