How long does it take to get a personal injury settlement?
One of the most common questions for individuals filing a personal injury lawsuit is how long it takes to receive a settlement, and have the entire process done and over with. Before getting started, it’s important to be clear on expectations and potential outcomes. Take a few minutes here to learn more about how long it takes to get a personal injury settlement.
While one personal injury lawyer may promise six months or less and another may say several years, the important thing to keep in mind is that the timeline is never guaranteed, and the overall length will depend on numerous factors. In truth, the process could be a few months or a few years.
The length of a lawsuit will depend on how severe the injury or injuries were. A suit cannot be properly filed until all of the medical bills and records have been finalized, obtained, and analyzed. Ongoing treatment for problems stemming from the injury will generally lead to a longer time for the lawsuit right from the beginning.
Another major factor affecting the length of time it takes to receive a settlement is, of course, whether or not a suit goes to trial. In some instances, the mere threatening of a lawsuit will lead to a hasty settlement deal. In others, the suit must be heard in a courtroom, which adds a great deal of time to the process. Even without going to court, several rounds of negotiations and discussions on a settlement will add more time to the ordeal.
Furthermore, it’s not always in the best interests of the injured party to hope for a quick end to his or her lawsuit. Often times a quick, low-end settlement offer is made in hopes to end the ordeal for the other party. Accepting such quick offers, will in many cases, result in lower overall settlements, although each case is certainly different.
Other points to consider include whom the lawsuit is being filed against. Some insurance companies are known to take great lengths of time, while others prefer to move quickly and get things settled. The same can be said for businesses and corporations. Some prefer to avoid any risk of stain via a courtroom hearing, while others will dig in and fight for every inch, or in this case, dollar, regardless of the circumstances.
Each lawsuit, and each case, is different, so it’s important to avoid getting locked into a specific timeline before the process even gets underway.
For a free consultation from an experienced personal injury lawyer in Ohio, contact Mayle, Ray & Mayle by calling 419.334.8377. The Ohio law firm has offices in Fremont and Bellevue, and proudly serves clients throughout Toledo, Sandusky, Port Clinton, Bowling Green, and the rest of the surrounding area. Visit MayleRayMayle.com for more information and to see how a personal injury attorney from their team can provide assistance.