How Long Will My Accident Case Take In NJ?
The first question many clients want to know is how long would their case take from the time they come to see me to the time that it has ultimately resolved. And that is a very, very difficult question to answer at the onset. It can take as little as three months. Sometimes it can take as much as four years, if it’s a typical auto accident or a slip-and-fall case. What makes the difference is the amount of medical treatment that’s involved, and whether or not it requires the filing of a lawsuit. Once a lawsuit is filed, it’s not unusual for, in Central New Jersey, a case to take three years to come to trial. On the other hand, sometimes settlement offers come in relatively quickly, depending again on the extent of the injury and the law firm and the insurance company involved. So, it’s a difficult question, if not an impossible question to answer at the onset.
We attempt to move these cases as quickly as possible. If there’s a possibility of resolving your case for the maximum insurance available, we will do that. And we can often do that within a relatively short period of time. But before we accept money from an insurance company, assuming it’s all they have, we run an asset search on the defendant. We want to know what the defendant has personally. So, if the extent of your injury is more in our opinion than the insurance coverage available, we will know that and we will be able to be in a position to go after the person who was driving the motor vehicle or operating the commercial establishment when you were injured.