How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?
In the aftermath of a car accident that causes serious injuries, you may be concerned about mounting medical bills and the need to take time off from work. Unfortunately, personal injury cases can take longer than plaintiffs would prefer. However, this ultimately may work in the interests of justice because the injuries that you experience in a car accident may be better understood after a year has passed. At Newman, Anzalone & Newman, LLP, our experienced New York City car accident attorneys may be able to advise you if you are concerned about how long your personal injury case will take.
There is no specific time frame for how precisely how long a case will take, but there are a number of factors that can influence the speed with which a case is resolved. Among the factors that can affect the time frame are the insurance company and adjuster involved on behalf of the defendant, the kinds of injuries that you suffered and how long they typically take to heal, whether there are likely to be future surgeries or other procedures necessary, and the complexity of the case.
Most cases settle. However, it is unwise to accept an early settlement offer from the defendant's insurer without consulting an attorney because in many cases, the offer will be lower than what you deserve and will not take into account the possibility that the injuries are worse than they initially appear. Going to trial usually makes the process longer. When we take a case to trial, we will need to go through an extensive discovery period, including an exchange of written discovery as well as taking depositions of percipient and expert witnesses.
In some cases, it will be necessary to retain an accident reconstruction expert, who will need some time to do his work. In catastrophic injury cases, it may be necessary to retain medical experts and economists.
Our firm represents clients on a contingency basis. That means that you will not need to pay attorney fees or costs until and unless we recover damages on your behalf. We screen cases very carefully so that we only take cases in which we have a reasonable chance of winning a settlement or verdict. We bear the upfront fees and the costs of a personal injury case with the expectation that we will be able to recoup these fees and costs from a settlement or verdict. Our compensation is a percentage of the recovery either from a settlement or a verdict.
Generally, a personal injury case can involve a wide range of fees and costs, including attorneys' fees, expert fees, accident reconstruction costs, filing fees, administrative expenses, deposition costs, costs of information gathering and investigation, and miscellaneous court costs. A fee is an amount charged by an attorney or expert to handle a case. Aside from attorneys' fees, the greatest expenses are expert fees. Experts can charge hundreds of dollars an hour to review evidence, depositions, and other materials, develop opinions, prepare an expert report, and testify at trial. Many personal injury lawsuits require one or more experts to be retained. When there is a serious injury such as a traumatic brain injury, for example, we may need to present an expert's testimony regarding technical information about the nature of the injuries and the future treatment costs about which the jury would need to know to understand the damages. Some personal injury cases become battles of the experts.
Plaintiffs can become impatient with how much time it takes to recover damages, but there are some significant factors that can lengthen the time that it takes to obtain an appropriate settlement or verdict. Many insurers are more concerned with profits than justice, and in order to hold the defendant responsible for all that you are entitled to receive, it can take time to build a strong and persuasive case. If you are seriously injured in a New York City car accident, and you are worried about how long your personal injury case will take or cost, it is vital to talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer. Newman, Anzalone & Newman, LLP provides vigorous legal representation to car accident claimants. We represent victims in Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island. Call us at 718-896-2700 or complete our online form.