How Long Will My Case Take?

Catastrophic InjuryI’m sure you can imagine how often I’m asked the question, “How long will my case take?” And it’s certainly a reasonable question to ask, given that, in personal injury cases, the defendant is usually someone who is hurting-physically, emotionally, and financially as the result of someone else’s negligence. The other variant I’m asked is “Will I ever get paid for what I’ve lost?” Again, a very pertinent and important question to ask your attorney during a time of crisis; however, these questions are ones that do not bear exact and immediately-calculable answers.

This is because, understandably, every case is different. Each case or claim has a unique set of circumstances and parties involved–the facts, injuries, insurance companies, and other issues can and do vary. This is why it is absolutely essential to get a personal injury attorney immediately after being harmed by another party in an accident–even if you’re not sure you’ve been harmed immediately afterwards! Your personal injury attorney will handle this process efficiently and professionally while catering to the harm that has befallen you.

One of the biggest considerations of any personal injury case is that insurance companies will try to get you, the injured party, to agree to a quick settlement once your accident is reported. Insurance companies know too well that the amount they offer initially seems appealing at first. After all, most injured parties aren’t fully cognitive of the far-reaching and tragic circumstances that an accident can have on them. Typically, when an injured party goes to an emergency room for care after an accident, the hospital doesn’t release a full bill for services rendered by the time of discharge. Rather, you receive these bills in the mail some time later. Quite often, there can be several bills resulting from one emergency room visit. These may consist of:

  • a hospital bill
  • a radiology bill (for x-rays)
  • an ER physician bill

In addition, many injured parties don’t consider that they may be in need of future care as a result of their injuries.

And medical expenses aren’t the only consideration for your compensation of accident damages. Other factors may well apply, such as:

  • pain and suffering
  • loss of enjoyment of life
  • lost wages
  • mental anguish
  • disfigurement and disability
  • loss of earning capacity
  • property damage

Of course, many of these damages are not easily discernable or quantifiable within hours or days of an accident. All the more reason why it’s imperative when you or your loved ones are involved in an accident, to seek out a personal injury lawyer right away!

With so many factors involved, you can see now why there’s no quick answer to give when asked how long a case will take. One thing you can be assured of at Atkinson Law Firm, however; we will keep you well-informed over the duration of your case! If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident through another party’s negligence, be sure you contact the Atkinson Law Firm today for your free consultation!

Scott Atkinson (266 Posts)

Scott concentrates on serious personal injury cases. He believes that a catastrophic injury does not just affect the victim; it also dramatically impacts the victim’s family. Scott is in Albuquerque to fight for you to recover your New Mexico accident losses!


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