In most cases, it will take between six months and three years to settle a personal injury claim. However, not all cases will fall within this range and there can be exceptions, depending on the particular circumstances of the case. Less complicated claims may be resolved quickly through negotiation. Others can take significantly more time, depending on the severity and complexity of the injuries, the technical or legal issues at stake, the experience or skill level of the lawyers involved, and whether the claim is resolved through alternative dispute resolution processes or at trial. In most cases where the client has entered into a contingency fee arrangement with their personal injury lawyer, fees will not be due until the case has been settled.
It is important to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer who is knowledgeable about personal injury law, as their familiarity with the legal process and procedures will help your claim proceed as efficiently as possible. At the same time, a skilled personal injury lawyer will know when to wait and see how your injuries manifest, so your potential compensation is not reduced just for the sake of expediency.