Attorney Todd Henningsen discusses what factors affect how long a personal injury case may take.
"Because each case is unique, you've got to look at what the injuries are and how long that process is going to take. So, a lot of times the length of the process is dictated by the course of treatment because the case doesn't resolve until you are finished with all your medical treatment. The reason behind that is, we shouldn't settle a case too early because what if something goes wrong in that process. If you're still hurting, you should never settle your case, we need to have doctors determine that.
Typically, a case can be resolved. If it's a modest case, let's say that you're injured and spent six weeks going through treatment and you've been hurt, within months we can settle the case. If it goes to trial, it could, unfortunately, take years. Every case is different, but no case is going to resolve, at least under my watch, until you have been totally healed or we understand everything that's going on with you medically. I would never advise a client to just settle a case when they are still hurt."