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How Long Does a Personal Injury Case Take?



One of the most common questions we get from clients is, “How long will my injury case take?” With mounting medical bills and the insurance deadlines, it is understandable that you would want to be done with the process as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, there is no sure answer to your question. A personal injury case varies depending on the length of your treatment, parties involved, insurance companies, and the circumstances surrounding your injury.


While your attorney can demand settlement or file a case quickly, the insurance company will likely prove to be the most significant hurdle. Many insurance companies have been known to drag their feet to save a few dollars. However, by hiring an experienced personal injury attorney, you’ll stay one step ahead of them.


The Personal Injury Claim Timeline


To provide you with a better understanding of an “average” timeline on a personal injury case, we’ll go step-by-step.


  1. The accident occurs, police or medical personnel arrive, and the injured parties seek immediate medical treatment.

  2. Law enforcement conducts an investigation where they confirm vehicle ownership and then exchange insurance information.

  3. Depending on the injuries involved, one or both parties may require ongoing treatment with a physical therapist or doctor that can last months or even years.

  4. If surgery is necessary, it may take two to six months to schedule an operation, depending on the severity of the injuries.

  5. Generally, after treatment, subject to an insurance policy that supports damages, pre-lawsuit settlement negotiations occur with the insurance adjuster.

  6. If the insurance company does not choose to settle for reasonable compensation, a lawsuit is initiated.

  7. Litigation can help further settlement discussions quickly or take years to resolve. Each case is different and depends on a significant amount of variables. The best course of action is hiring an attorney that you trust to work diligently in your best interest.


To conclude a personal injury case fully and successfully, it may take a year or more. If the insurance company chooses to settle out of court, as most do, then you are looking at significantly less time overall.


In either case, one of the earliest steps you should take after seeking medical treatment for your injuries is to call a personal injury attorney. Their invaluable experience in such matters will help move your personal injury case along and ensure you receive compensation for your injuries and personal property damages.


When you want results after a traumatic personal injury, you want Tanya Gomerman’s team on your side. Call 415-545-8608 for a FREE case evaluation.


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