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How Long Does It Take to Settle a Personal Injury Claim?

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If you’re hurt due to another person’s negligence — whether it be in a car accident, on the job, or as part of a medical procedure — you may be entitled to receive some sort of compensation. But most people believe that if they hire a Redding CA lawyer to take on their personal injury case, they’ll most certainly be fighting it out in court. In reality, only 4% to 5% of all U.S. personal injury cases end up going to trial. The remainder of cases are actually settled out of court.

While that might not sound as exciting, it can sometimes be better for the client. As long as the client has a team of personal injury attorneys to ensure their rights are protected, settling a personal injury case can allow a client to have more control over the outcome. In addition, settling a case can be much less costly for all parties involved. It’s also generally seen as a less stressful process and can be kept private, which cannot be said for public court hearings.

However, settling a personal injury claim is not without its drawbacks. It certainly is possible to settle a personal injury claim quickly when you do so out of court. Without help from a Redding CA lawyer, though, you run the risk of accepting far less compensation than you might otherwise receive. Moreover, settling a case out of court is not always the quickest option; if your case involves a significant amount of money or your injuries have not reached maximum medical improvement, your settlement might take much longer than you’d like. In addition, a case that involves legal or factual confusion — like determining who is really at fault or whether the negligence in question directly caused the injury, for example — may also take more time to settle.

Ultimately, it’s difficult to say how long your personal injury case will take to settle. Every accident and every injury will differ from case to case. A number of factors can play a role in delaying the settlement process, as well. Some cases may be settled in only a month or so, while others could drag on for a couple of years. Until you meet with a Redding CA lawyer, it’s essentially impossible to estimate a time frame — and even then, your attorney may not be able to give you a rough figure.

But what we can tell you is that it will be to your benefit to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. The earlier your attorney can start working on your case, the earlier the case will be resolved. It’s also important to remember that this process should not be rushed. While it may be tempting to accept a settlement offer right away, it’s entirely possible that this offer may not cover your medical costs and might not be anywhere near what your case deserves. In the end, it’s best to consult with an experienced law firm in the event of a personal injury, as this will be the most effective way to protect your best interests moving forward.


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