Timeline of a Northern Virginia Personal Injury Case

By Peter DePaolis

Being injured in an accident or because of the wrongdoing or negligence of another party is frustrating, painful, and stressful. Unfortunately, it can also be costly. The economic damages caused by a personal injury can create a financial hardship for victims. They need to settle their personal injury case as quickly as possible.

Rushing to settle a personal injury claim could result in less money for your claim. Our Northern Virginia personal injury attorney diligently pursues your claim to resolve it as quickly as possible. However, some factors impact the timeline of a Virginia personal injury case that an attorney cannot control.

Three Factors That Impact the Timeline of Your Virginia Personal Injury Case

Our legal team strives to resolve your personal injury case quickly. However, each case is unique. Therefore, the timeline for your case may be different from the timeline of another person’s case.

Three factors that impact the time it takes to resolve your injury claim are:

1. The Extent of Your Injuries

You do not want to settle a personal injury claim before you complete medical treatment for your injuries. Therefore, the extent of your injuries and the length of your recovery directly impact the timeline of your personal injury case. The more severe the injuries and the longer the recovery, the longer your case will take to settle.

Settling an injury claim before you complete medical treatment could result in a much lower settlement amount. You cannot know whether you sustained a permanent impairment until your doctor releases you from treatment. You also cannot know the exact medical costs, loss of income, and other financial damages until you complete medical care. 

2. The Length of the Investigation 

We need to perform a thorough and complete investigation into the cause of your injury. The investigation identifies the parties liable for your damages. We also gather the evidence needed to prove fault and liability. 

Some accident investigations may take longer to complete because of the nature of the accident. For example, accidents involving commercial trucks or government agencies could take longer to complete because of the parties involved and the complexity of the accident. Investigations in accident cases involving multiple parties and disputed liability often take longer to complete.

3. The Willingness of the Other Party to Negotiate a Fair Settlement 

Even though we have evidence proving that the other party is liable for the accident, the party or the insurance company may not be willing to negotiate in good faith. They may stand by their belief that they are not at fault, so they are not liable for your damages. Negotiations could take several months to complete, especially if formal mediation is involved. 

If the party does not agree to a fair settlement, a personal injury lawsuit may be necessary. Lawsuits can take a year or longer to go to trial, depending on the case. Most personal injury cases settle without the necessity of going to court. 

Contact Our Northern Virginia Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation

If you sustained a personal injury, we want to help. Call our law firm to schedule a free case review with our Northern Virginia personal injury attorney. Let’s work together to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.