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How Long Does it Usually Take to Settle a Personal Injury Case?

If you’re pursuing a personal injury suit, you’re probably wondering how long it will take to settle your case. You’re not alone in this. Anyone filing an injury claim wants to get the process over (and get back to normal life) as quickly as possible.

While there’s no set timeline for case resolution, there are things you can do to speed your case along.

Here’s what you need to know.

First Things First – Getting Medical Treatment

Anytime you suffer an injury, getting medical treatment should be your priority. Even if you don’t have any immediate symptoms, get to the doctor for a comprehensive screening.

This serves a few purposes. First, it ensures that you’re documenting injuries (like whiplash and concussions) that may have delayed-onset symptoms. It also guarantees that you’ll get the care you need immediately after the accident. Finally, seeing a doctor gives you the paperwork you need to present your injury and case to an insurance adjuster.

Settle Your Case Faster With a Personal Injury Attorney

If you want your case to wrap up as quickly as possible, hire a personal injury attorney to help you. Even if your situation seems like a minor one, it’s essential to at least consult with a lawyer.

This is especially true if the other party in the claim is trying to fight your right to a settlement, or if the insurance company doesn’t want to pay. While there’s no real way to expedite or streamline a personal injury case, having a skilled attorney on your side will remove potential roadblocks and help your case move smoothly. Additionally, your attorney will help you file a claim within the statute of limitations set by your state.

While each attorney works differently, here’s the rough process your attorney will follow:

  • The attorney will investigate your injury claim. They’ll also review your medical records, which is why it’s so important to have them in the first place!
  • The attorney will issue demands for the other party or insurance company and get to work negotiating your claim. 
  • Your attorney will file a personal injury lawsuit.
  • Mediation and negotiation will begin. 
  • The case may go to trial. Alternatively, it could settle out of court.

Getting the Settlement You Deserve

Being involved in a personal injury suit is stressful, and you deserve high-quality assistance you can trust. Because each particular injury case is unique, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” rule for how long things will take.

Luckily, you can streamline your situation and avoid any needless roadblocks with your injury claim by hiring an attorney. Here at Ward & Barnes, we specialize in personal injury law and helping our clients get the settlements they deserve. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you.