In the blink of an eye, your entire life can change. Maybe it was a car crash, slip and fall, dog bite, motorcycle accident, or even wrongful death but no matter what happened the result is the same- your medical bills are piling up and you need time off work to heal. What makes this entire situation all the more frustrating is the fact that this accident wasn’t your fault.

If an accident requires the injured party to need medical treatment and miss work, a personal injury lawyer should be brought in to file a claim. Here’s everything you need to know, including how long to expect this whole process to take.

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What Is the Process for a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

The-Process-for-a-Personal-Injury-LawsuitThere is a statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in Louisiana, so it is imperative that you learn more about the process and what you need to do to file a lawsuit as soon after the accident as possible.

To pursue a financial recovery, you need to file a lawsuit. This begins with an initial consultation. If you move forward with filing a personal injury claim, your attorney will file and serve a complaint and all other required documents. After both sides file and serve these initial documents, the parties will enter discovery. A discovery is a formal evidence-exchanging process. Then, there are back and forth motions, negotiations, and hearings. If you cannot reach a settlement, it will go to trial.

Some law firms are willing to take a low settlement to avoid trial, but not us. Don’t worry- we’ll be there with you every step of the way!

What Is the Most Common Outcome of a Personal Injury Case?

NOLO tells us that 70% of people with a personal injury claim received a payout, meaning an out-of-court settlement or an award after a trial. For 67%, the compensation came in the form of a settlement. Only about 4% see their case go to trial. These numbers are true for all personal injury lawsuits, whether your case involves a car accident, workplace accident, or a number of other possible scenarios.

How Long Does a Personal Injury Lawsuit Take?

How Long Does a Personal Injury Lawsuit Take

The same NOLO article mentioned above also states that half of personal injury cases are resolved within two months to a year, while another 30% of people wait over a year for their cases to be resolved. The overall average was 11.4 months. How long your particular case will take depends on several factors. This includes your injuries, the amount of damages you’re suing for, and the insurance companies involved.

Make Your Settlement Today

It’s natural to want a quick payout. We get it! It’s important to remember that a faster resolution doesn’t necessarily mean a better result. That’s why we work diligently to get you the settlement you deserve.

After you seek medical care, contact the experienced team at Ellen Cronin Badeaux! Your initial consultation is the first step towards filing a lawsuit and getting the funds you need to get your life back on track.