After a serious injury from a Daytona Beach accident , you may be contemplating filing an injury lawsuit against the responsible party. You may also wonder how long your claim will take. Unfortunately, there is no standard timeframe for these types of cases and, depending on the circumstances of your claim, you may wait more or less time than another person also filing a car accident claim. Nevertheless, by understanding the timeline for car accident cases, you can better understand how long your case may take based on the circumstances.
The Timeline of a Car Accident Case
- Seek Medical Treatment – You have been injured in a car accident and, immediately after or a few days later, you seek medical treatment for your injuries. It is important to see a doctor as soon as possible to prove your claim. Taking too long could give the defense an opportunity to argue that your injuries were not serious.
- Choose an Attorney – This process can take longer than you may expect. You may interview several attorneys or just one. After scheduling an initial consultation, you will discuss your claim, and the attorney may need a few days to look over evidence and decide if they want to take your case or not.
- Lawyer Investigates – The attorney will then investigate the evidence available in your case. They may look at medical records and bills you have paid, as well as any treatments you have had for injuries. They will then determine how much you may be eligible for in compensation, and if the case is worth pursuing.
- Making a Demand – If your case is taken, your attorney will then start with a demand from the other party or their insurance company. Here they will list your losses, though your attorney cannot request a demand until you have reached a point of maximum medical improvement – meaning you have ended your medical treatment and have recovered as much as you will. Depending on how long your recovery may take, this could slow your case.
- File a Lawsuit – Your attorney may file a lawsuit if they feel the case cannot be settled, or if their demands were ignored by the insurance company. In this instance, the case can take one to two years to even get to court – and in that time your attorney will continue to negotiate with the other party in hopes of reaching a settlement.
- Discovery – This is when both sides share the evidence they have collected in their cases. Both sides are required to hand over their evidence to the other side to help prepare for trial. Your attorney and the other attorney may set up depositions where they meet with you, witnesses, and others involved to get their side of the case.
- Mediation and Negotiations – Your case will typically go through several settlement talks, and sometimes attorneys will agree to go through mediation with a court-appointed mediator.
- Trial – If both parties cannot settle, the case will forward to trial where a judge or jury will overhear the facts and determine if the defendant is liable and, if so, for how much. Trials can last a few days or a few weeks.
Contact Experienced Car Accident Attorneys Vasilaros | Wagner
It is impossible to estimate how long your case will take without reviewing the facts. To see if you have a case, contact Daytona Beach lawyers Vasilaros | Wagner for a no obligation consultation. We can discuss your claim and better estimate how long your case will take. Call us at 386-777-7777 for a consultation, or fill out an online contact form with your questions.