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How Long Will It Take to Resolve Your Personal Injury Case?

by | Jun 14, 2024 | Personal Injury

Navigating a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Florida

Resolving a personal injury lawsuit in Florida can vary significantly in duration, typically ranging from a few months to several years. On average, most cases conclude within 12 to 14 months, although some may settle quicker or extend much longer if litigation is involved.

Factors Influencing Case Duration

  • Injury Severity: More severe injuries often lead to more prolonged cases as they involve significantly more treatment.
  • Liability Clarity: Clear fault leads to quicker resolutions.
  • Case Complexity: Complex cases or those with multiple parties take longer.
  • Claim Value: High-value claims typically require more negotiation.

Phases of a Personal Injury Lawsuit

  1. Immediate Aftermath: Seek prompt medical care to document injuries.
    Hiring an Attorney: Once stable, enlist a lawyer to manage your case.
    Investigation: Our team gathers evidence, reviews medical records, and interviews witnesses.
  2. Filing a Claim: We submit a demand letter to the at-fault party’s insurer.
    Claim Resolution: The parties involved agree to a settlement of the claim. If no settlement is reached, a lawsuit may be filed.
    Discovery Process: Both sides exchange evidence and investigate over 6-12 months.
  3. Negotiation/Mediation: Parties attempt to settle without going to trial.
    Trial Preparation: With no settlement, trial scheduling can take months, with ongoing negotiations.
  4. Verdict and Compensation: The court decides the outcome and any awarded compensation.
  5. Collecting Compensation: Depending on the verdict, compensation may be paid as a lump sum or in installments.

When to Settle Your Claim

It’s tempting to settle quickly, but it might limit your compensation. Settling too early can prevent you from covering all medical expenses and future losses. It’s best to wait until you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI) before settling to ensure fair compensation.

Finalizing Your Settlement

Once you settle, it’s usually final. You cannot reopen the claim for more compensation, even if new evidence emerges or injuries worsen. Therefore, patience and the guidance of a knowledgeable attorney are crucial to securing the compensation you deserve. Our experienced team is here to assist you every step of the way, ensuring you avoid costly mistakes and achieve a fair resolution.

The information provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. Please contact a licensed attorney to discuss the facts and circumstances of your case.