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How Long Does a Personal Injury Case Take to Settle in Florida?

Personal injury cases usually take between a few months and a few years to settle. Some cases can settle within a couple of months, but more complex cases might take up to two years before receiving a verdict. Personal injury cases can move slow if there are legal or factual issues, if the case involves a substantial sum of money, or if the client has not yet reached maximum medical amelioration from their injuries.

Personal injury claims are, in the majority of cases, settled through negotiations with the responsible party's insurance company before an actual trial begins. These cases are typically resolved within a couple of months. If, however, negotiations fail and the case proceeds to court, it might take up to two years before a verdict is reached. There are three main reasons why a Florida personal injury case can move slowly:

  • There are legal or factual issues with the case
  • The case has potentially high damages
  • You have not reached maximum medical improvement from your injuries

Particular circumstances that are unique to the accident may impact the timing of a potential settlement offer. The nature and severity of your injuries can also influence the timing of your lawsuit. Insurance adjusters are often suspicious of claims that are founded on soft tissue injuries and that are supported mainly by chiropractor reports.

If the damages are relatively small, the insurance company may decide to dispose of the case quickly, and you may have the case settled in a matter of months. However, if the insurance company does not believe that your medical bills objectively validate your injuries, it may be unwilling to settle the claim without asking for further investigation. 
If you are facing a complex personal injury case you need a skilled lawyer on your side. Contact Miami based personal injury lawyer Mr. Sean M. Cleary for a free evaluation of your case.

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