How long a personal injury lawsuit takes to settle depends on a variety of factors specific to your case. These include but are not limited to:
- How many injuries you sustained and their severity
- How much money you are seeking for your injuries
- How long it takes to collect evidence to strengthen your case
- Whether the insurance company agrees to settle or if you have to take the case to trial
While most, if not all, of these factors are beyond your control, hiring a personal injury attorney from our firm can make your case go much smoother and reduce the chance of clerical errors that needlessly slow the process.
Factors That Impact Personal Injury Settlements
If you filed a personal injury lawsuit against the other party, you may want it to end quickly so you can move on with your life. Unfortunately, there is no quick and easy answer to how long a personal injury lawsuit will take to settle. We’ve further broken down the factors that can affect your case:
- Severity of the injury: You are going to want to wait until you are as healed as possible or fully understand your prognosis before considering a settlement amount. Depending on your injury, your recovery could take anywhere from a few weeks to many months, possibly even longer. It’s critical to account for all the medical treatment you will need in the settlement, or you will have to pay out of pocket.
- Amount of money: How much money are your damages worth? The more you need, the longer your case may take. If you are willing to accept the initial offer, you may be able to settle your case relatively quickly. However, for larger amounts of money, it may take longer to negotiate the final agreement.
- Collecting evidence: An important part of the evidence collection process is the review of your medical records. If the hospital, doctors, or other healthcare providers are slow to hand over your records, this can add time to the process. It may also take time to receive any video surveillance footage and speak with all witnesses to the incident.
- The legal process: Settling out of court is typically faster than taking your case to trial. However, if the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement, then a jury award may be your best chance of recovering enough compensation to cover all of your injuries and expenses.
An attorney from our firm could help you with the settlement process. We fully understand the legal process and can fight for every penny your injuries may entitle you to. Your settlement can give you peace of mind as you recover and for years to come.
For a free legal consultation, call (337) 777-7777
What a Personal Injury Lawsuit Includes
It is difficult to cope with an injury, especially when another party’s negligence or recklessness caused it. You may have suffered physical, emotional, and financial distress. If so, you can receive compensation for a wide range of injuries and losses, including but not limited to:
- Emotional trauma
- Physical pain and suffering
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of wages or benefits
- Loss of earning capacity
- Medical bills and expenses
- Costs associated with property damage
- Loss of employment opportunities
To help you seek compensation for these and similar items, we can collect evidence such as bills and receipts, paystubs, testimony from friends and family, or testimony from experts (e.g., your doctor).
A Final Note on Damages
Compensation for physical and emotional injuries may be limited by state law, per RS 13:5106. Our firm can help you navigate this and other laws pertaining to your case.
We Handle Personal Injury Cases
Our team understands that you want to settle your lawsuit as quickly and with as little fuss as possible. Acting quickly is also the law—per CC Art. 3492, any legal action taken in response to a personal injury must begin within a year of the injury. We can help by handling your entire case from beginning to end, including:
- Investigating how your injury happened, who caused it, and how much money you should seek from the liable party or parties
- Communicating with the liable party and their representatives on your behalf, including delivering messages and settlement offers
- Negotiating for a fair settlement with the insurance company and putting the resulting agreement in writing
- Representing you in the courtroom, including delivering arguments and submitting evidence for the court’s consideration
- Providing honest advice about your legal options and chances for success whenever you want help making a decision
With our lawyers on the job, you can focus on recovering from your injuries while we focus on recovering the compensation you seek. We never charge attorney’s fees unless and until we get money for our clients.
Our Firm Offers Free Consultations
If you suffered a personal injury, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers would like to help. We can start by offering a free review of your case. Then, we can discuss how long your personal injury lawsuit may take to settle and how much you can receive for your injuries. Call us at (337) 777-7777 to get started today.