Of course, it is possible that a personal injury case may conclude before the 1 year is over and might last more than the 6 years. Each case is different and many factors go into the progress of case. For example, any pre-suit demand should be made after the client reaches medical maximum improvement "MMI." This basically means that the client through medical treatment, injections, therapy, etc. has reached the limit of his/her medical improvement and no additional
treatment will allow them to better their physical impairments. Even in the most basic case, it usually takes a Plaintiff approximately 6 months to achieve MMI. After MMI is achieved a demand can be made to the responsible party's insurance company. Most times, an insurance company will be given 30-45 days to make decision on the claim. If the claim is denied, then a law suit is filed. If suit is filed in your case, then litigation can take about 1 to 2 years. This includes discovery depositions, inspection, medical examinations, mediation and trial.
Worst case scenarios include appeals. Appeals are filed after a jury renders a verdict in circuit court. The appellate process usually takes 1-2 years. If the decision of the trial court is overturned it goes back to trial once again.
Unfortunately, legal cases takes some time and require that Plaintiffs/Clients be patient with the process. If you or a loved one is injured or is a victim of a car accident, it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. A personal injury attorney will be able to determine what is the likely path that your case may take. Olga Porven, P.A. has experience representing injured victims in personal injury and car accident matters. Olga Porven, Esq., an attorney with Olga Porven, P.A., is a former insurance defense attorney. She is well aware of what the insurance companies are capable of and has the experience in dealing with insurance companies to help you obtain potential compensation in your case. She is also aware of the insurance company's delay tactics and how it may affect the length of your case.