As you can imagine, the answer is: it varies. Typically, in a run-of-the-mill auto accident case, we would expect to try to obtain a personal injury settlement somewhere between 12 months and 20 months after you sign the contract. However, in more complicated cases, and death cases, it could take longer. What takes so long? First, we need to make sure that you are finished with your medical treatment. There is nothing worse than settling, and then finding out you needed an expensive surgery down the road that we did not know about and never sought compensation for.