A personal injury case is not usually a quick fix. It’s best to ensure that all aspects of your injuries and damages are known and developed before finalizing your claim. Once a case is settled, you can’t go back and ask for more money. Gathering information and learning the facts of the case can be a long process for both the plaintiff and defendant. The timeline for a typical personal injury case looks like this:
Medical Treatment – First and foremost, the victim needs to heal. Once treatment is finished or well-underway, the extent of the injuries can be determined. Once the permanency or expected duration of your injuries has been identified, as well as need for future treatment, you and your attorney can work towards resolution of the claim.
Claim – After the claim has been filed, your attorney will work to get the case resolved, and it is often ideal to do so without filing a lawsuit. However, if a pre-suit resolution cannot be reached, the case may have to be filed in Court.
Litigation – When a lawsuit is filed, the case goes through several phases, including service of the defendants, discovery (which may include depositions), exchange of expert witness reports and depositions, and trial. Oftentimes, cases are resolved after a lawsuit has been filed but before the trial.
It is important to note that the duration of each step in that timeline is a case-by-case issue. The length of time to resolution may take just a few months or several years.