How long does a case take?
- July 4, 2016
The top question we often hear is: how long will my case take. Many people wonder about this, even after they hire a reliable attorney. On average, the length of the case depends on a number of variables.
Your attorney’s workload: The more work your attorney has, the harder it is for him to expedite proceedings, and other legal tasks associated with your case. Many sole practitioners take longer to handle cases because they don’t have the necessary support staff. Less resources means the attorney is spending his time doing basic tasks, instead of focusing on your case.If you choose a bigger firm, they’re more likely to have enough resources to handle your case on a normal timeline.
Your medical treatments: Personal injury cases cannot be settled until medical treatments have concluded – or have entered into a long-term care. That means the bulk of the urgent care has been done, and now depending on your injuries – all that’s left is the long term care and maintenance, based on the disabilities you have incurred. It’s hard for a personal injury lawyer to settle a case – when a client is still incurring treatments. If your medical bills are going to continue to grow, it’s best to wait.
Fault: In some cases where liability isn’t clear, your attorney may need to conduct an investigation. When liability is clear, and evident – it’s easy to assign blame, and collect funds. In some cases, where there is partial fault on both sides, an attorney will need to conduct an investigation into the accident. That means finding witnesses, who can support the attorney’s claim that you weren’t at fault. Or, it might mean reconstructing the accident – based on forensic evidence. Typically, the longer this phase takes, the longer your case will take to settle.