Case Length

A personal injury case can take years, so buckle up.

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Case length questions aren’t the first question I get, but they do come up.

When you’re speaking with your Denver injury attorney, the first thing you want to know is, “How much is my personal injury claim worth?”

The second question you ask your Denver personal injury attorney is, “Okay, how long is this going to take?”

That’s a hard question to answer because there are so many factors that go in to a Colorado personal injury case.




If your insurance adjuster is reasonable, you’ll usually settle.

Sometimes, if you’re dealing with a reasonable insurance adjuster, you can reach a settlement pretty quickly without having to file a lawsuit, especially if the liability is clear and the injuries are undisputed.

If your lawyer has to file the case in court, it’s going to prolong the process.

If your Denver personal injury attorney has to file a suit in district court, your settlement will be delayed many months while the parties exchange factual information about the case.  A lot of times, it’s a game of chicken and the parties will settle very close to trial, which can be a year or more after the case is filed.

Appeals make things take even longer.

If a verdict is rendered in your favor, and a judgment is entered, the Defendant will sometimes pay or settle at that time, but many times the Defendant will appeal the judgment, in which case the ultimate recovery can be delayed by several years while the case proceeds through the appeal process.

If you lose at trial, you have the right to appeal. Again, the process can take several years, and if you win the appeal, you will likely need to go through another trial, and potentially, another appeal. If may be many years until you obtain compensation for your injuries.

In short, the annoying but candid personal injury lawyer answer is, “it depends.”  Personal injury attorneys Malissa Williams and Jeffry Dougan take pride in obtaining the settlement you deserve for your personal injury case and not rushing through your case just to make a quick buck.

If it means we wait, we wait.  If it’s a good idea to settle, we settle.  If we need to go to trial, we go to trial.  The important thing is that you are compensated for your pain and suffering and that the person responsible is held accountable.

Contact Your Denver Personal Injury Attorney via e-mail or call 303-704-1222 today for your FREE initial consultation.