How Long It Takes To Pursue A Lawsuit In A Personal Injury Case After A Car Accident

The duration of a personal injury case has more to do with the medical process rather than the legal process.

If we see somebody who has had an accident three or four months earlier and they are dealing with soft tissue complaints or even orthopaedic injuries, such as broken bones, I can’t at that moment predict exactly how long the case will take or what this case is worth, even within a range. The issue is, at that stage, how much recovery that person will experience over time from their injuries.

A person four months after a collision, experiencing pain in various parts of his body, will still likely experience some recovery over the next six months, twelve months, or eighteen months. We have to be able to assess where that person is going to end up as a result of surgeries or ongoing treatments. In this instance, the legal process follows the medical process and most doctors, four months post collision, would not give you an opinion as to where that person is ultimately going to end up. If at four months after the collision, you are not able to work, that does not mean that you will never work again. We need to be able to answer the question: what does your future look like? A large part of answering that question is determined by how well you experience recovery from your injuries.

So how long does that take? Typically, we find that the process can certainly take up to two years and sometimes longer, depending on the nature of the injuries and the healing process. Decisions can be made along the way and we certainly get a better and better view of what the case would be worth and what the future holds for that person. But time is required, especially for soft tissue type injuries, to promote the healing process, and to see where that person is going to end up.

If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with Personal injury law issues in the London, Ontario Region, contact Lomax Law Firm.

This article is taken from a June 5, 2008 interview with Rein Lomax, LL.B., Personal Injury Lawyer with Lomax Law Firm Professional Corporation in London, a Personal Injury Law Firm. Note that laws vary from province to province. Please consult with a lawyer in your own area to be sure of the laws and specific issues in your own jurisdiction.