Every personal injury case is different, and that means that it can be hard to guess exactly how long your case will last. Generally, we expect a case like this to take one to three years to complete. Which end of the scale you are closest to can depend on a number of important factors, but one thing is certain. You will benefit by contacting a Long Island personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

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Why Do I Need to Act Fast in a Personal Injury Case?

If you are seriously considering pursuing a personal injury case, you want to start the process quickly. Meeting with a lawyer as soon as possible and getting the legal process started can give you a few advantages, including:

Time to build a case: The sooner your lawyer is contacted, the sooner they can begin to build up your case. It can be easier to secure evidence like surveillance footage early on, before it gets deleted. It can also be easier to talk to eyewitnesses. They currently have a clear view of the accident that harmed you, but their memories could fade over time.

Less worry about the statute of limitations: New York gives you just three years to begin pursuing a case like this one. Meeting with a lawyer and acting quickly to file a suit can help you make sure that you do not run up against this time limit.

You get your settlement sooner: The sooner you begin pursuing legal action, the sooner you can receive compensation.

What Factors Can Affect the Length of a Personal Injury Case?

How long your particular personal injury case lasts can be affected by a number of different factors. Your case can go on for more time due to:

  • The number of parties involved in the accident
  • The severity of the injuries
  • How much compensation is being asked for
  • Your local court’s caseload
  • Both sides’ willingness to settle

Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?

It is possible for a personal injury case to go to trial. After the discovery process, where evidence is gathered and shared, there is an attempt at settlement. If these negotiations fail, the case can proceed to trial.

Can I Appeal After a Verdict?

Either side can appeal if they do not like the outcome of a trial. Naturally, this will make a lawsuit take longer, but an appeal could be a necessity if a verdict does not give you or your loved ones enough money to take care of your needs.

What Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Do For Me?

You are not required to hire an attorney when you pursue a personal injury case, but you should know how helpful one can be. Your lawyer will help you fight for fair compensation and build a case that can succeed at the negotiating table or in court.

Contact Our Legal Team

If you think you have a personal injury case to pursue, it is wise to act quickly. Contact Zlotolow & Associates, P.C. to schedule a free consultation. We would love to tell you more about your potential legal options.