How Long Will It Take to Settle My Illinois Personal Injury Case?

Injured man consults a personal injury attorneyWe’ve talked about factors that influence personal injury settlement amounts and factors that influence the length of a personal injury case, but we haven’t talked about how long it might take to settle your case. We realize that nobody wants to be involved in a protracted legal dispute, but it is important to note that it is impossible to give a definitive timeframe from your initial injury to initiating a claim to a settlement — there is no guarantee that a settlement will even be offered!

As with most legal proceedings, the length will vary depending on the details of the case, which you should discuss with an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney. There are nevertheless a number of factors that might influence the length of time required to reach a settlement.

What Affects the Length of Time Required to Reach a Settlement?

A typical Illinois personal injury case can go on for months or even years before a settlement is reached. Here are some factors that will help determine how long it takes to settle:

  • Medical Treatment – Before settling a personal injury case, it is important that you receive not only the necessary medical treatment, but a long-term diagnosis as well — the doctor should be able to articulate the full extent of your injury and whether or not it is permanent. While it is possible settle before this happens, it is inadvisable to do so before the full extent of your injury is known.
  • Money – Insurers will make a point to investigate all of the details of the case before offering a settlement, especially in cases involving a large amount of money. Insurers will likely only settle once they have determined that their defense in the case is inadequate, your injuries are as severe as you claim, and your credibility is not in dispute. Some insurers will also delay settlement in the hope that the plaintiff will accept a smaller settlement.

Rubens and Kress has a Record of Success in Personal Injury Cases

Rubens and Kress is a Chicago law firm that has a track record of securing personal injury settlements and verdicts that get their clients the compensation they deserve. If you’ve been the victim of a personal injury, contact Rubens and Kress at (312) 201-9640 or toll-free at (866) 890-9640. There is no fee unless you collect, so you can turn to Rubens and Kress with confidence when you need a personal injury attorney in Illinois.