Injury Lawyers FAQs: How Long Does an Injury Claim Take to Resolve?
A serious injury can be stressful. In addition to the trauma of the incident and the hassle of numerous trips to the doctor, there is anxiety watching bills pile up while you wait for your claim to be resolved. AHC Injury Law has amongst the finest injury attorneys in Connecticut, and we know what you’re going through. We will walk you through some of the factors that determine how long it may take for your injury claim to resolve.
Accident Injury Lawyers FAQs: How Long Does an Accident Claim Take to Resolve in Connecticut?
Due to the nature of personal injury cases and the effects of Covid-19, it is nearly impossible to state with any precision how long it will take a case to resolve. Each case is different and unforeseen situations may arise which can delay a case from being resolved. According to a survey of state courts by the U.S. Department of Justice, the average personal injury case takes between one to three years to resolve. Of course, some cases may resolve faster, and some may take longer.
In order to give you a better idea of what the process looks like, we’ll walk you through a rough timeline of each step so that you know what to expect.
Step 1: Meeting With an Attorney and Initiating the Case
It is best if you get your case started as soon as possible. During a free consultation, an attorney with AHC Injury Law will work with you to obtain the basic information about your case and advise you on your options. If you decide to hire AHC Injury Law, we will investigate your case and represent you in Court if necessary.
Step 2: Compiling Evidence for Discovery
In the event that your case gets filed into Court, the discovery process will begin. During this process, each side will submit requests to the other for basic information and documents. In addition, depositions may be taken. The purpose of all of this is to establish the basic facts of the case. Also, other materials such medical records, police reports, and photographs will be obtained to help to establish the extent of the harm that was done to you.
Step 3: Lawyers Make Pre-Trial Motions
It is possible that attorneys may need to file motions with the Court, in which it is requested that the Court issue a ruling. Some motions take longer for the Court to decide than others, such as a motion for summary judgment.
Step 4: Negotiated Settlement or Trial
The overwhelming majority of personal injury cases are resolved before a trial, usually through a negotiated settlement. Attorneys are permitted to have informal discussions about your settlement without you being present, but your attorney is required to have your approval before the lawyer accepts or rejects any formal offer.
In the rare event that your case does not settle, it will go to trial. A trial usually lasts anywhere from one day to potentially several weeks.
Keeping in mind that your case may take at least a couple years to resolve, you should not waste any time. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we don’t get paid until you do. Call AHC Injury Law at (203) 331-8888 today for a free consultation.