For those unfamiliar with personal injury law, if it’s someone’s first time being embroiled in a personal injury case, nine times out of ten, they expect it to be a relatively quick process lasting maybe just a few months. However, about 5 months in or so, reality hits and they realize their case will take longer than they anticipated. As such, it’s not uncommon for personal injury lawyers to get bombarded with calls from their clients asking them to “speed things up.” This more often than not is due to them making financial plans and decisions ahead of time while under the impression that the case wouldn’t take very long.
The hard truth is that most basic personal injury cases actually take between one to two years on average. Furthermore, a lawyer can’t speed up the process and they are required to deal with necessary queues that result in cases and the actions being delayed before they can be filed/processed by the system. But what if the case takes even longer than that? Perhaps 5+ years? As eyebrow-raising as this may sound, there are valid reasons why a case can take much longer than expected.
Factors That Contribute to Delaying a Personal Injury Case
Most personal injury cases require a large amount of money: If you’re making a “big” damage claim, you’ll likely be seeking an equally if not more sumptuous settlement to help cover your losses and then some. When that’s the case, the opposing party is going to try everything in their power to discredit or disprove your claim in order to save themselves money and they may even have their own expert lawyer on their team handling the ropes.
They’ll look at every avenue while using any half-plausible defense to drag the case out for the purpose of wearing away your argument or your willingness to continue seeking the settlement you truly deserve. Even in clear-cut cases, the opposing party can find ways to create contention and delay the process even if they know they’re wrong.
Your health hasn’t improved enough: In recognition of the previous fact above, the value of your case is relative to your damages suffered, and that includes the medical bills that you’ll have to pay. However, if your medical bills are paltry then your settlement will be just as paltry. Also if you settle but your injury gets worse after you settle, you won’t be able to make a claim to cover the new financial and medical damages.
So instead of jumping the gun and taking the very first settlement offer, it’s better to take your time and wait and see how your injuries improve so you can help your body’s healthfully recover along with your bank account. Although this can make the process harder as well as lengthier, it may be necessary to ensure you receive the necessary runemrations you’re entitled to. That’s why contacting a personal injury lawyer is key as they can help determine the best course of action.