This section of the website has general answers to common questions I routinely hear from clients and potential clients. No single answer or combination of answers will be a complete response to the specific issues you might face in your case. By providing these answers to frequent questions, I am not acting as your attorney and no attorney-client relationship is being formed.  

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How long does a personal injury case take?

A personal injury case can take anywhere from a few months to multiple years to resolve. “How long will my case take” is one of the first questions that almost every potential client has, and also one of the most difficult to answer with any specificity. Every case has its own facts and issues that can cause it to last longer than expected, or help it resolve quickly. In cases that settle without a lawsuit, a typical range is between four to nine months; if a lawsuit is needed, cases tend to take between one and two years to resolve.

In most cases, negotiations don’t start until medical treatment is complete. A case involving injuries that get better after a couple primary care visits will typically take much less time to resolve than a case with an injury that requires specialist care lasting many months.  

However, medical treatment is not the only factor in how long a case takes. The other party and their insurance company might refuse to pay for certain medical treatment, or claim that they are not at fault for causing an injury. When that happens, the case might need to go into a lawsuit which can significantly lengthen the time it takes to resolve

If you have questions about how long your potential case might take, set a free consultation by phone, text, or email and we can talk more your specific issues.  

Rian Butler Law Firm

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Attorney Rian Butler