When a person is injured due to someone else’s negligence and wishes to file a lawsuit to claim compensation for those injuries, he or she may have many concerns. The main concerns typically revolve around a person’s injuries and how he or she is going to pay for them. An injured victim may also wonder how long a personal injury lawsuit will take. After all, no one wants to spend months or potentially even years in court. In addition to this, the injured party will not receive compensation until the lawsuit is settled or decided on by a judge or jury.
So, how long does a personal injury case take in Colorado? The answer to that question will depend on three main factors of the case:
Any personal injury case is largely dependent on the medical treatment a person receives after an accident. Depending on the severity of the injuries, the recovery time can take a couple of weeks, months, or possibly even years. Comprehensive medical reports must include information on all of the injuries sustained, as well as what the prognosis is. This is the only way to tell how a person is currently affected by his or her injuries, as well as how the injuries will affect the person in the future.
This is important because when claiming compensation, the injured party will need to account for all current and future expenses. If future treatment and expenses are not known, it is impossible to make a claim for them.
It is not always easy to determine who was at fault for an accident. When this is the case, it can take a little longer to settle a personal injury claim or to receive a judgement. Determining fault is more difficult when there are multiple negligent parties, or when the injured individual was partly to blame for the accident. In these cases, an attorney may need to conduct their own investigation, or even reconstruct the accident scene. These are lengthy, but necessary, steps that can hold up an injury case.
When a Settlement is Not Reached
Most personal injury cases are settled out of court by the injured party and those found negligent. However, not every case settles, and if a settlement is not reached, the case will go to trial. Some types of personal injury cases, such as medical malpractice, are more likely to go to trial than settle out of court. When the other party refuses to settle, or does not offer a fair settlement, a trial will cause a personal injury case to take much longer.
Contact a Colorado Personal Injury Lawyer to Settle Your Case Quickly
The truth is, no one knows how long a personal injury case will take without a full review of a specific case. After reviewing the facts of any case, a personal injury attorney in Colorado can provide some insight as to how long the case will take. However, it is important those injured understand new facts can arise at any time in a case, and these may cause it to go longer than initially thought. It is just as important that those injured should pursue a lawsuit, even though it may take a little while to close the case.
If you have been injured, contact Burg, Simpson, Eldredge, Hersh & Jardine, P.C. at (303) 792-5595. We will review your case, advise you on any compensation you are entitled to, and how long it will take to get it. We offer free case evaluations, so call today.