A Successful Settlement Takes Time
It is impossible to say for sure how long a personal injury case will take to settle, because there are simply too many variables. What follows is a list of factors that can affect the length of your suit.
- The nature of your injuries and how you respond to them
- How long it will take you to reach maximum medical recovery, because the legal process cannot run ahead of the medical process
- How long it takes our law office to obtain medical records or responses to our requests for medical reports from your heath care provider(s)
- How much cooperation we receive from other people and institutions from which we request records
- Your speed in responding to our requests for information and documentation
- The length of time it takes for your medical treatments to conclude
- The length of time it takes to arrange and conduct examinations for discovery, as influenced by defence lawyers
- The length of time it takes for the defence lawyer(s) to conduct defence medical examinations, which are usually scheduled after you have attended the assessments required by your treating practitioners and our firm
- Whether your case proceeds to private mediation
- The length of time after discovery examinations have been completed for the Court to arrange a pre-trial conference and book a trial date
- The attitude and approach taken by the defence lawyer(s) toward the resolution of your case—that is, whether your case will settle out of court or proceed to a trial verdict
- Whether, if/when your case is called for trial, it starts on time or must be rescheduled due to various court administrative problems that can arise, or the unavailability of certain key witnesses
Along with these factors, legislation can have a bearing on the timeline. For example, motor vehicle accidents occurring on or after October 1, 2003, are subject to Insurance Act Regulations that prohibit settlements of accident benefit claims within one year.
The best way to understand the viability and possible timeline of your case is to get in touch with us for a free initial consultation.
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