One of the questions we most commonly field here at our Dallas personal injury law firm is, “how long will my personal injury case take?” Unfortunately, the answer is more complicated than many would like. As you may know, there are many, many different types of personal injury cases – from car accidents to product liability cases and wrongful death suits. That being said, there are different timelines for how long a personal injury case will take to be completed based on the nature of the case. In some instances, we are able to reach a settlement and agreement relatively quickly, whereas other cases can be drawn out for months, if not longer. At Rad Law Firm, we believe in doing everything we can to ensure your Dallas personal injury case is handled with the utmost care and attention. We will be open and honest with you about how long we expect it to take and will never tell you something that is simply not true.
In order to have a better understanding of how personal injury cases work, it is a good idea to look at the major differences between quick settlements and professional settlements. First, let’s look at quick personal injury settlements. If you have any experience with the law, you are likely aware that insurance companies are known for trying to rush injured individuals into settling their claim and taking the money being offered to them. However, quick settlements typically don’t work to the victims advantage. In fact, insurance companies often take advantage of injured parties by pushing them to “take the money and run”. While your case will undoubtedly be handled and settled much faster, chances are you won’t receive the compensation you deserve. Furthermore, if you settle your case quickly with the insurance company – before your doctor has even declared you healthy for work – there is a strong possibility you will run into more issues down the road and find yourself in an unfortunate situation
Let’s now take a closer look at professional personal injury settlements, or the longer of the two options. Unlike a quick settlement, individuals who choose to hire an attorney to help them with their personal injury claim likely won’t see the money as fast, but they will get more in the end, guaranteed. When you hire an attorney, the tactics of the insurance company or other defendant change. Once you know you have adequate legal representation, they will drag their feet and try and draw out the case as long as possible, hoping you become frustrated and opt for the quick settlement. It is important for you to trust us and the process and know we have your best interests in mind.
Additional Factors to Consider
Something very important to keep in mind is that personal injury cases are not usually settled overnight. There are numerous factors that may contribute to a personal injury case moving at a slow pace, including:
- Any legal or factual issues surrounding the case
- The case involves a large sum of money
- You have yet to improve health-wise from your injuries
- The parties involved are large corporations
No matter how you look at it, these circumstances result in personal injury cases taking longer than most would like. We encourage you to be patient and know we have your best interests in mind and are doing everything in our power to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. These things cannot be rushed. To learn more about our Dallas personal injury law firm or if you have an inquiry about how long a case should take, please do not hesitate to contact Rad Law Firm today.