Hi. I’m Attorney John Medler with The Medler Law Firm – Personal Injury & Accident Attorneys. Today I’d like to talk to you about how long it will take for your Personal Injury case to settle. Now I’m going to give you the answer you probably don’t want to hear which is, it depends.
It depends on lots of things, but if you want a short answer it’s typically somewhere around 6 to 12 months. But as I say, that’s not always the case. What does it depend on? How long your case will take to sell depends on several factors.
The first is how clear is liability and when we say liability we mean how clear is it that what the other driver did or the other party did is clearly wrong. So for example, if you claimed that the other driver ran the red light and he claims that you ran the red light, now we have a dispute. So that’s going to be a little bit harder and it’s going to take a longer period
of time to settle.
The second issue is what are your damages? How significantly are you damaged? A person who has more minor injuries will have their case take a much shorter time to settle than a person who’s got very severe injuries.
The third issue is insurance. How much insurance does the defendant have? If they have a small amount of insurance, chances are your case will settle in a short amount of time. If you have more insurance for the defendant, that usually takes longer.
And finally, how complex is your case? If your case has got lots of different legal issues, is going to take longer to resolve. For example, in a medical malpractice case or a case involving a defective product where you’re going to need lots of experts that cost lots of money and lots of time, that’s gonna take a significant amount of time to settle your case, sometimes even years.
But whether your case takes a few months or years, we’re going to be here for you every step of the way. Keep in mind also that your case may not settle at all. If the defendants aren’t willing to settle your case, then that’s what the jury’s for. And remember, we’re Orange County trial lawyers and we’re here to help you even if your case has to go to trial. Check out our website today at www.MedlerLawFirm.com for more information on how long it will take your case to settle.