Only about five percent of personal injury cases go to trial. While there is no telling what will be necessary for your case without first talking to an attorney, it is, at least statistically, unlikely that your claim will require a trial.
Why Would a Case Go to Trial?
Most personal injury claims are settled during negotiations between your attorney and the insurance company responsible for paying out damages. If a settlement cannot be reached due to an unwillingness to compromise on either side, a trial may become unavoidable. This is one of the most compelling reasons to take your time when choosing a law firm to represent your claim. The steps they take to establish liability, determine what you should be due, and negotiate on your behalf will play a direct role in whether or not your case requires a trial.
How Long Will My Claim Take?
Most personal injury claims settle within a year. Some may take only a few months. Others, particularly those that are complex or require a trial, can take longer. The best way to determine how long it might take to settle your claim is through a case review with a reputable and experienced attorney.
During your initial consultation, your lawyer will gather the information needed to begin looking deeper into your accident. Following this meeting, they will investigate your accident to determine who is liable and establish what will be a fair demand for compensation. If this demand is met, no further action will be needed. If not, the process for receiving compensation will require additional investigations, settlement negotiations, and the potential for mediation.
These things may take a few months or more, depending on the specifics of your case. Only when all of these steps fail to bring about resolution will a trial be needed.
Brown & Brown is Here to Help
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Brown & Brown have the resources and resolve to take your case as far as needed in our search for fair and just compensation. We work on a contingency basis, meaning if you do not win your case, you don’t owe us anything, and we are always willing to come to you if you cannot come to us.