How Long Does It Take To Settle A Personal Injury Claim?
Question: How Long Does It Take To Settle A Personal Injury Claim?
It depends. Some cases settle within a couple of months, and some cases take years to resolve. One factor is how long it takes for the injured person’s medical condition to reach an end result. Since settlements are almost always final it is usually not a good idea to resolve the case until you have a clear picture of the scope of the harm. Since both sides usually want to avoid a trial, another important factor is the Statute of Limitations, which is the deadline by which a suit must be filed. In auto accidents, medical malpractice and product liability cases the Statute of Limitations is three years, but for wrongful death cases it is only two years. Most cases settle long before that deadline but some do not. If a case does go into suit it could take several years, or even longer, to work its way through the system, especially if there is an appeal. Workers Compensation cases settle when the claimant reaches a medical end result, however long that may take.