If you have suffered a serious personal injury in California, you may be wondering how long it might take to resolve and for you to receive compensation. The answer to this question is typically not straightforward. The length of a personal injury case can vary significantly depending on a variety of different factors that are unique to your case. Some of these factors may be under your control and some of them may be outside of anyone's control.
One of the most important steps you can take if you've been injured is to retain the services of an experienced California personal injury lawyer who can give you the best shot at a quick and favorable resolution.
The Average Time to Settle a Personal Injury Case
To understand the amount of time it could take to settle your personal injury case, it is important to understand the process. Here are some of the steps this process could entail:
Filing a lawsuit: This is one of the first steps in seeking compensation for your losses. Personal injury lawsuits are filed in civil courts and the defendant will be served within 30 to 60 days. They will then have an opportunity to file a response. The lawsuit is followed by a lengthy discovery process, which is the formal process of exchanging information between the parties about the witnesses and evidence they will present at trial.
Negotiations: It is a fact that a vast majority of personal injury cases are settled out of court. Negotiations are a crucial part of the settlement process and occur throughout the claims process. Negotiations don't end until your claim is settled. Your case could be settled even after the trial begins. This is why you need to retain the services of an attorney who is a skilled negotiator.
Dispute resolution: Some personal injury claims could go to mediation. Claims could take between 9 to 18 months to resolve.
Jury trial: If both sides are at an impasse, the case may have to go to trial. If this occurs, the process could take over a year on average. A trial is rare in a personal injury case. But, it is important to retain a personal injury attorney who is also an experienced litigator so he or she can take the case to trial if it becomes necessary.
The length of your case will also depend on the value of worth of your claim. For example, if you suffered catastrophic or life-changing injuries and are seeking millions of dollars in damages, your case could go on for a longer period of time.
We Will Strategize to Meet Your Needs
Our law firm has the ability to move your case in an expeditious manner toward resolution. However, in some situations, especially in cases where clients have suffered serious injuries, we find that insurance companies might not be open to offering a fair settlement unless they are given a trial date. Our attorneys are sensitive to the fact that clients want a quick and fair resolution.
When we are planning the strategy in any personal injury case, we consider your situation as the injured victim. We know you are struggling to pay medical bills and are dealing with the prospect of not getting a paycheck for a while because you are still recovering from your injuries. In some cases, we push insurance companies so we can get you a speedy settlement that can help alleviate your financial strain.
However, there are cases where a little patience can go a long way. It may be worth it to wait so you can get the maximum settlement possible. In the meantime, we can help you figure out the best way to get the medical treatment you need and ways to help pay for it. At the Vaziri Law Group, we work diligently to tailor our strategy to the needs of our clients.
We Are Happy to Answer Your Questions
If you have been injured in a traumatic incident in California, we understand that you may have a lot of questions about your right to compensation. While the lack of certainty when it comes to the question of a timeline might be frustrating, we can help you understand the details that are unique to your case and how they might affect your case's timeline.
Getting an attorney on your side won't necessarily lengthen this timeline contrary to what some might believe. On the other hand, having an experienced attorney on your side will help you make the decisions that are right for your case – decisions that will help receive the maximum possible compensation for your losses.
The experienced California personal injury attorneys at the Vaziri Law Group Personal Injury Attorneys offer our services on a contingency fee basis. This means that we don't charge our clients any fees unless we recover compensation for them. This is regardless of the case's timeline. So, if you have been injured due to someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by contacting us. Call us at (310) 777-7540 for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.