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Understanding How Long The Legal Process Will Take

The length of time it takes for an injured person to settle their claim can vary greatly depending on the circumstances. Every case is different, and countless factors can affect the length of a lawsuit such as the number of parties involved, the nature of the injury and the insurance coverage available. When you have been injured and filed a tort claim, you are seeking reimbursement for the medical care you received. To properly evaluate the overall value of the care given, it is important to wait until the point of maximum medical improvement or a determination that your condition is permanent.

The Point Of Maximum Medical Improvement

Maximum medical improvement means that you have reached the limit of what your doctors can do to treat your injury. It could be a few months after the injury when a broken bone has healed or several years later following surgeries and medical procedures. The goal is that when you reach your settlement, you are no longer receiving treatment for your injuries or a doctor has indicated that the injury is permanent.

Being Patient Until The Time Is Right

It's important that the attorney handling your case be patient and not settle too soon. After an injury, a person has a two-year statute of limitations within which they are allowed to submit a claim. Once the case has been filed, in New Jersey there is a 300-day period of discovery, which may be extended under certain circumstances.

Most cases last at least one year, but are usually completed well within these limits. On average, personal injury cases involving automobile accidents are settled in 20 months. Cases involving slip-and-fall injuries average 24 months, whereas medical malpractice cases average 31 months.

Different Cases Require Different Lengths Of Time

There are reasons for the variation in time these cases take. Each case must be evaluated separately. In slip-and-fall cases, the discovery process can take longer as it sometimes requires a bit more work to show how the injuries occurred. And medical malpractice cases can end up being complicated, involving expert opinions by different doctors and long depositions.

Reaching A Settlement Is Worth The Wait

It can take time to receive compensation, but having the endurance to wait until the right time will almost always be worth it.

The lawyers at the Law Offices of John Morelli in Cherry Hill will be there for you to answer all of your questions. Contact us to learn more by calling 856-528-3205.

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