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How long do most personal injury claims take?

How long do most personal injury claims take

The duration of personal injury claims can vary significantly depending on various factors, including the complexity of the case, the severity of the injuries, the willingness of the parties to negotiate, and the legal process involved. While it's challenging to provide an exact timeframe for all personal injury claims, it's possible to outline a general timeline based on common scenarios.

How Long is the Investigation Phase?

This initial phase involves gathering evidence, assessing the extent of the injuries, and seeking medical treatment. The length of this phase depends on the severity of the injuries and the required medical interventions. It can range from weeks to several months.

How Does the Negotiations Process Take?

Once the injured party has reached maximum medical improvement, negotiations with the insurance company can begin. This phase involves assessing liability, calculating damages, and presenting a settlement demand. The duration of negotiations can vary widely, from a few weeks to several months, depending on the complexity of the case and the willingness of the insurance company to engage in meaningful discussions.

How Long Do Lawsuits Take?

If a settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, the injured party may choose to file a lawsuit. This initiates the litigation process, which involves filing the complaint, engaging in discovery (exchanging evidence and information), and potentially going through mediation or alternative dispute resolution. The time it takes to resolve a lawsuit can range from several months to several years, depending on court schedules, the complexity of the case, and any potential delays or complications that may arise.


Overall, the length of a personal injury claim can range from several months to several years, depending on the specific circumstances. It's important to remember that every case is unique, and factors such as the complexity of the case, the extent of injuries, the cooperation of the involved parties, and the efficiency of the legal process can influence the overall timeline. Consulting with a personal injury attorney can provide a more accurate estimate based on the specifics of your case.

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Brett S. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with Cum Laude Honors. While attending Michigan State, Brett was awarded for his service in the Michigan State University College of Law Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented prisoners of the Michigan Department of Corrections from injustices brought upon them. Learn more.

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