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December 22, 2020

How Long Does it Take to Settle a Personal Injury Claim?

There is no set time limit to settle a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims can take weeks, months or even years. No typical personal injury case exists. Each case is unique, with different injuries, parties and issues. New Jersey has a two-year statute of limitations time limit, whereby a person can bring an injury lawsuit.

Because no case is ever the same, each one needs to be approached differently. Nevertheless, personal injury claims are typically settled within one to two years. When multiple parties are involved in a lawsuit, delays are common.

If you want to try and get your personal injury case resolved as fast as possible, here is a list of steps to speed up the process.

Hire a personal injury lawyer immediately. Work with your attorney to handle the initial paperwork and notify the defendant(s) of your intention to file a claim.
Meet the deadline to file a claim. Your attorney is going to make sure you have your claim filed within the legal deadline as stated in the statute of limitations, which in New Jersey, is two years.
Get ready for the discovery process. Your attorney is going to be collecting facts, police reports and medical records, examining witness statements and taking depositions. Your attorney is also going to investigate any disputes relating to your accident. An accident reconstruction report or other similar research might be needed.
Reach medical improvement. You may need to wait for maximum medical improvement or a definitive prognosis from a doctor.
Possible settlement. Your attorney can initiate settlement negotiations at any time including pre-litigation or may need to file a lawsuit. Many cases are settled directly with the insurance company or during arbitration or mediation.
Trial. If no settlement is reached, the case will proceed to trial. There is a chance it may still be settled out-of-court. It may also be settled during the trial.

If you, the plaintiff, wins the defendant would owe you an amount of money as determined by a jury. However, the defendant may appeal the verdict, which may force a settlement for a lower amount. If the defendant’s appeal is successful, there may be a settlement, a new trial or in some instances you will not receive anything.

If you were injured, contact the experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm. New Jersey personal injury attorney Todd J. Leonard and his team will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

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- Gina V.
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until the case was fully settled and all was in our favor. Thank you so much. We highly recommend his office to anyone.

- E. and M.
Todd and his staff were courteous and caring about my personal well-being.

They were knowledgeable and settled my case in an expedited manner. I really felt they were on my side the whole way. Thank you Todd and staff for excellent treatment!

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- P.S.
Mr. Leonard’s law firm constantly kept in touch

and on top of my problems. They were quick to respond to my legal needs and were very attentive and showed real concern to my issues. I highly recommend them to anyone needing legal representation.

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My lawyer Paul Paravati was always available there for me and gave me first rate service.

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Trust me, he will take you into his hands and take care of all your personal injury legal matters. They are friendly, professional, and go out all the way for you. Thank you Todd Leonard and staff.

- Frank O.