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How Long Will my Case Take?

This is probably the question we are asked by accident victims more than any other. The answer varies widely and may not be known at the outset. Each personal injury case is unique, and its resolution is influenced by various factors.

The factors which influence your case’s duration can include:

  • Disputes over liability – when there is dispute over who is at fault for the accident, the process may take longer, especially if there are multiple parties. This necessitates investigations, evidence gathering, and negotiations or even the Court to establish liability.

 

  • Maximum Medical Improvement/ Recovery – we cannot value a case until a client’s injuries have reached maximum medical improvement (“MMI”). Even after that, we often need to arrange for expert reports and assessments.

 

  • Experts – we often use experts to help us prove both liability and case value. They include engineers, medical doctors, physiotherapists, and accountants. All these experts have busy schedules, and the medical experts cannot start their work until client/victim has reached MMI.

 

  • Court Proceedings – if the case proceeds to litigation, court scheduling, docket congestion, and procedural requirements affect the timeline.

An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to assess the merits of your case and explore legal options to shorten the duration of your case and to keep you informed about the status of your case and the projected timeline. Most importantly, we will ensure that we have all of the evidence necessary to value your case and ensure that you receive fair compensation.

Correia & Collins represents accident and injury victims. Contact us by phone at 506-648-1700 or online for advice. Your first consultation is free.