How Long Do Injury Lawsuits Last?

If you were badly injured in an accident and have spent some time in the hospital, your medical bills are likely beginning to stack up.  Even with insurance, your medical care can eventually run you into bankruptcy, if the injuries are substantial enough.  So, if you are waiting on your personal injury lawsuit to pay the bills, time may be of the essence.  If you are in this situation, unfortunately, you may be in for a bit of a wait.


The System Moves Slowly


Our justice system is crowded with lawsuits that are filed every day and many of those lawsuits are going to be injury suits, much like yours.  Unfortunately, this means that it is going to take a bit of time, before your case goes before a judge.  Between deadlines that may be months in the future and extensions to those deadlines, that wait can be even longer, if the other side files the right motions.  Your attorney will do everything that they can in order to get your case moving as quickly as possible, but it is important to remember that “as quickly as possible” is a relative term.




If your financial situation simply will not allow you to wait for the process to take its course, you may want to speak with your attorney about the possibility of settling the lawsuit.  When you settle a lawsuit, you will not receive the full compensation you are requesting in your lawsuit, but if you do not have the choice, it may be your best option.  Most times, the other side will be open to settlement as long as it is beneficial to their client.  As a matter of fact, most cases never even make it to trial, being settled long before the trial date.


Your injury lawsuit is going to take some time.  If you have the time to allow the system to work for you, you may wind up waiting for years.  Sometimes it is absolutely worth it!  However, if you are beginning to get a bit antsy, talk to your attorney to find your next step.