How Long Does A Personal Injury Lawsuit Take To Settle In Charlotte?
Nobody expects to be injured due to the careless or negligent actions of another person. However, victims of injuries may have to file personal injury lawsuits in order to recover compensation for their losses. At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, our personal injury lawyers in Charlotte are often asked how long these lawsuits take to settle. This can be a complicated question, as there are several factors that determine the process and outcome of a personal injury case.
The time frame depends on various factors
Most personal injury claims are settled before a lawsuit is even filed. This is usually done through an insurance claim payout from the at-fault party’s insurance carrier. Cases that are settled before a lawsuit is filed typically take less time than a personal injury lawsuit, possibly within a few months of initiation of the claim. However, if the insurance carrier denies a claim or refuses to offer a fair settlement amount, a personal injury lawsuit may be necessary.
Even when a personal injury lawsuit is filed, these cases are usually settled out-of-court through negotiations with the injured party’s legal team in the at-fault party’s insurance carrier. While both parties of a personal injury lawsuit will fully prepare to take a case to trial, there will also be ongoing negotiations to resolve the matter before it gets to court.
Both sides work to investigate the claims and gather evidence to back up their clients. There will be a “discovery phase” in which both sides will exchange evidence that they have. Depositions of all parties involved, including witnesses, may be necessary. The preparation for trial can take months or even over a year to complete. A personal injury lawsuit that is not settled during this process will need to be scheduled with the court. It could take additional several months for a case to finally make it to trial.
When a case finally does get to trial, it can last anywhere from one day to several weeks, depending on the factors involved.
The explanation of this process is simply to say this – a personal injury case could resolve in as little as a few months, or it could go on for a year or more. Cases that settle out-of-court will resolve quicker, while those that go to trial will take significantly longer. In order to determine how long your Charlotte personal injury case may take, consult with an attorney immediately.
Let us get to work on your case today
If you or somebody you care about has sustained an injury that was caused by another person’s negligent actions, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, our team is ready to get to work investigating your claim. The sooner you let an attorney help you get through this, the quicker we can reach a successful resolution for the following types of compensation:
- Your medical expenses related to the injury
- Lost wages and benefits if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages against those responsible