April 13, 2024

How Long Will My Case Take?

As New York City personal injury lawyers, the most common question we hear is “How long will my case take?”

The personal injury attorneys at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP understand that being an accident victim is stressful, for both you and your family. Waiting is frustrating especially when the accident was not your fault, you are not working and you are actively receiving treating for your injuries.

It’s important to remember that every case is different. How long it takes to settle your case depends on many factors such as how the accident happened, severity of your injuries, the length of your treatment, and the insurance company(s) involved.

Medical Care

The most important part of your personal injury case is the severity of your injuries and the treatment you need after the accident. You never want to settle your personal injury claim until we understand the full extent of your injuries, what future care will be needed, and how your injuries will affect your life in the future.

Waiting until your medical care and treatment is completed will ensure that you receive proper compensation for your personal injury accident case.

Medical Documentation

Once you have completed your medical treatment, we will collect and make sure we have all of your medical records and bills related to your injury. This will include narrative reports from your treating doctors, consultation reports, and all diagnostic tests.

Sometimes, this process can take several months. Once we have received all of your medical records, we will attempt to resolve your personal injury case.

Negotiation and Litigation

Most personal injury cases are settled out of court. Settling a personal injury case can take several months or even years.

Some insurance companies are more willing to settle cases than others. Some insurance companies will only make a low offer until the case is deep into litigation. Likewise, some defense attorneys are more willing to settle cases than others.

If a settlement can’t be reached, then we need to press ahead with litigation. It’s important to remember that filing a lawsuit does not mean that your case will have to go to trial. Sometimes, filing a lawsuit will help settle a case. An insurance company will feel greater pressure to reach a fair settlement once the lawsuit has been filed.

It is important to be patient so that we can make sure you receive fair compensation. Rest assured that we will diligently and quickly process your personal injury case and continue to try to negotiate a fair settlement.

Mediation and Negotiation

If we cannot negotiate a fair settlement on our own, we can try Alternative Dispute Resolution. The first type of Alternative Dispute Resolution is called a Mediation. This is when both lawyers and their clients meet with a neutral third party (i.e., the Mediator) to try to settle the case.

The second type of Alternative Dispute Resolution is called an Arbitration. In an Arbitration, both lawyers and their clients will attend a hearing before a neutral third-party (i.e. the Arbitrator).  A Mediation is non-binding. An Arbitration is binding.

Contact an NYC Personal Injury Law Firm

If you or a loved one has been a victim of an accident case, the experienced, trusted, and knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can help you seek the compensation you deserve. We will process your personal injury case as quickly as possible!

Our firm’s motto is “Don’t Be A Victim Twice.”  If you are a victim of an accident, call 1-800-VICTIM2 (1-800-842-8462) to schedule a confidential consultation. The call is free. The consultation is free. You don’t pay us unless we are successful. That’s our “Our Fee Guarantee: No Fee Unless Successful!”

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