Personal Injury Settlement Timeline

Wondering how long your injury case will take to settle? Watch this video about the personal injury settlement timeline in Texas to find out.

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Question:

How long will my personal injury case take?

Answer:

Unfortunately, there’s no fixed answer to how long a case will take. A lot of it depends on the other side. The first thing that we have to know is if you are going to completely recover and, in the unfortunate case that you won’t completely recover, to what extent you will recover from your injuries. Before we can even ask an insurance company for any money, we have to know the extent of your injuries, which means that you have to finish your medical treatment or get to a stage in your medical treatment where we know how much you are going to recover.Personal Injury Settlement Timeline
After that, it really depends on the insurance company on the other side. Some insurance companies, some adjusters, are great and they’ll get a case resolved quickly. Normally we have to work a case up. What that means is that after we send them a demand, they have a few weeks to respond. If we get a fair offer or a number that’s close to a fair offer, we’ll continue negotiating. If we don’t, we file a lawsuit.
After we file a lawsuit, we have to serve the defendant. Sometimes that takes a couple of months, other times it happens very quickly. Occasionally, some people run away and try to avoid being served. After the defendant is served and an attorney on the other side files an answer, which is due 30 days after their served, the first thing that we do is we reach out to opposing counsel and try to get a trial date, and that way there’s an end in sight. Normally we try to get that trial date within a year. If a case is more complicated, it might need to be a year and a half or two years out.


Were you or a loved one seriously injured in an accident and have questions about how long your personal injury case will take?
Contact our experienced Austin personal injury attorney at The Law Office of Daniel R. Smith today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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