How long will an auto accident lawsuit take?
There is no set amount of time for how long any lawsuit will take. There are a lot of reasons for this. One reason is that the US courts are very busy, mostly with criminal cases that take priority over civil cases like an auto accident case. It may take a considerable amount of time to get a trial date simply because the courts are overworked.
Another reason is that when you are injured, you usually aren’t initially sure how you are going to heal. Sometimes, injuries heal quickly and easily. Other times, injuries are slow to heal, develop complications, or require additional treatments or surgeries. If you move too quickly to resolve your legal action before reaching what is known as “maximum medical improvement,” you can end up in a situation where you settle or get a verdict that does not take into account all your injuries, or that undersells how long and painful the recovery process is.
There are many other factors that can affect the length of time that a lawsuit takes to resolve. Having said all that, most auto accident cases are resolved within a year of the date of the accident. However, regardless of the time it takes to resolve a case, whether by settlement or trial, what is most important is that you hire an attorney who keeps the lawsuit moving forward in a smart way and who keeps you in the loop about why your case is taking the amount of time that it is. We at the Lietz Law Firm pride ourselves on bringing cases to resolution as quickly, but also as wisely, as we can.
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