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5 Reasons Why Personal Injury Lawsuits Take Time

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Personal injury lawsuits can vary widely from case to case

If you are thinking about filing a personal injury claim, the first thing on your mind is likely how much in damages you may be able to recover. After that, however, you are probably wondering how long the entire process will take.

The truth is that there is no set amount of time that a personal injury case should take. Nevertheless, while it is true that no two cases are the same, there are several factors that are likely to lengthen the timeline of your personal injury claim, including:

1.) You have not reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)—No reputable personal injury lawyer would recommend that their client take less money than they are entitled to. But in order to get the settlement you deserve, you may have to wait a few months until your injuries reach a state of Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI). It’s important to wait until your injuries stabilize before settling your case—there’s no going back and asking for more money once you settle.

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Time and money are two of the biggest factors in your personal injury case

2.) A lack of cooperation from the defense and/or the insurance company—The job of the defense and the insurance company is to do anything and everything to deny, delay, and devalue your claim. They may be slow in producing documents or other requested evidence, hoping that you will get tired and accept a lower settlement amount.

3.) The potential compensation amount is high—When a sizable compensation amount is at stake, most insurance companies will conduct a thorough investigation of every detail and aspect of your case before they will pay out your settlement. These investigations are often drug out by the insurance company to get you to settle for less.

4.) The complexity of your claim—If there are multiple parties liable for your damages, or your case requires the services of expert witnesses, the sheer logistics of dealing with so many parties can lead to an increased claim timeline.

5.) The legal process takes time—Even if your case does not go to trial after you file your complaint, the discovery phase, depositions, pre-trial motions, and any mediation or arbitration sessions will all add weeks, even months to the timeline of your personal injury claim.

Given how complex this process can be, it’s important that you hire the best legal representation possible to guide your recovery. Not only can an expert attorney shorten the timeline of your case, they can also help you settle your case for more.

To get started on your path to recovery, contact Wilshire Law Firm today for a FREE case consultation by calling (800) 522-7274, or fill out our online contact form. Wilshire Law Firm’s attorneys won’t compromise on your health—we’ll get you the care and compensation that’s rightfully yours. Fighting for personal injury victims is a serious business, and we take it personally.

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