Many injury victims want to know how long they will wait before receiving compensation after an accident. Not only does a personal injury claim place strain on a victim’s personal and family life, it can make financial decisions difficult and make the future uncertain. The truth is, there is no set length a time in which a claim must be settled after it is filed, but there are ways to estimate the time it will take before the matter is resolved.
Why It May Take Longer to Resolve Your Rhode Island Personal Injury Claim
In general, in can take between two months to several years to resolve a claim, with most cases falling in the middle. While the exact time varies from case to case, claims may take longer depending on:
- The type and extent of your injury. The impact of some injuries is fairly obvious, but it may be more difficult to show how other injuries have affected your life. For example, a broken bone shows up easily on an x-ray, requires time and immobility to heal, and has known complications. Soft-tissue injuries are harder to diagnose, and the prognosis can vary from patient to patient.
- Your medical treatment history. The at-fault party in your lawsuit may scrutinize your medical details to see if there is any way you could share blame for the injury. If you waited to seek treatment, stopped treatment early, or had previous injuries to the same part of the body, you will have to respond with additional evidence in your injury case proving why you are still entitled to the settlement amount requested.
- How long it has been since the accident occurred. Under state law, all victims have three years from the date of an injury to file a lawsuit. However, the longer you wait to file, the more difficult it may be to track down vital evidence needed for your case.
If you’ve suffered injuries after an accident, contact the legal team at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum by filling out our online contact form to tell us what happened in your no-cost initial consultation.