For most Americans, missing just one to two weeks of work—or the equivalent of one paycheck—would have significant financial repercussions. According to CBS News, nearly 80 percent of people say they live paycheck to paycheck. That means when an unanticipated expense arises, they must take on even more debt to make ends meet.
If you intend to file a personal injury claim, you’re probably wondering when you might receive compensation for your damages. This is a concern shared by nearly all personal injury claimants. Since each case is unique, however, and there is no set timetable for each stage of the claims process, there is no precise estimation that would apply to all claims. But after evaluating your situation in a free consultation, a Jackson personal injury lawyer from Coxwell & Associates can approximate how long it might take for your case to be resolved.
Factors That Affect the Duration of a Personal Injury Claim
The time it takes to resolve a personal injury claim depends on a variety of factors, including:
- The nature of the accident;
- The severity of the injuries; and
- The strength of evidence of liability.
At the end of the day, the overall complexity of your case will determine precisely how long it will take to resolve. For example, if you were involved in a two-vehicle collision, sustained minor injuries, and have dash cam footage of the other motorist violating the law just before the crash, you might be able to resolve the case within three months.
Incidents that are less straightforward, on the other hand, require considerably more time to resolve. Factors that can complicate a claim include:
- Multiple at-fault parties;
- Disputed liability;
- Extensive injuries that require months to reach maximum medical improvement;
- Little to no evidence of fault; and
- Taking the case to trial.
Cases involving medical malpractice are a good example of more complicated personal injury claims. Whereas a collision claim might take three to nine months to resolve, a malpractice suit could take years. This is in part because proving liability in malpractice cases tends to be more difficult than proving liability in a traffic crash or slip-and-fall accident.
Discuss Your Case with an Injury Attorney in Jackson Today!
If you want to resolve a personal injury claim as quickly as possible so your family can get back on their feet, contact Coxwell & Associates to discuss your case. Our legal team has won nearly $300 million for clients in successful settlements and verdicts.
We strive to help our clients recover fair settlements in the shortest amount of time by gathering all available evidence, arranging expert witness testimony when necessary, and using proven settlement negotiation strategies. Call (601) 265-7766 or click here to schedule a free consultation with an accident lawyer in Jackson.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.