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

Being injured in an accident can leave you fighting hard to recover physically and emotionally. However, the fight does not always end there. If you were injured due to another person’s negligence or wrongdoings, you will most likely want to pursue your financial recovery with a personal injury case.

Pursuing Full Damage Amounts

The truth is that each personal injury case is different. This means that it is hard to put a timeline on how long it will take to settle any given personal injury case. There are, however, certain circumstances that may influence how long your case will take:

Disputing Facts

In some accident cases, such as a car accident, it is obvious and undisputed who is at fault. However, there may be times when certain facts regarding fault are disputed. The insurance company, for instance, may try to claim that you were a certain percentage at fault for the accident and try to offer you a lower settlement offer.


Your attorney will then have to take time to look at each detail of your case, including witness statements, photos, and medical records, to prove that you were not at fault. While they may be successful at doing this, it can still mean your case takes longer to finally settle.

Negotiating Offers

The insurance company should offer you a settlement that covers full damage amounts, including compensation for:

  • Medical bills

  • Lost wages and lost earning capacity

  • Pain and suffering


Many times, however, the insurance company will offer you less than what you actually deserve. This means that your personal injury attorney will have to present evidence to the insurance company and negotiate on your behalf until you are offered what is fair. This negotiation process can also mean that your case takes longer to come finally close.

Purposefully Delaying the Process

The insurance company is legally obligated to act in good faith, which means that they take the necessary steps to ensure your case moves forward in a fair amount of time. Unfortunately, some insurance companies act in bad faith and purposefully attempt to delay the settlement process.


This is usually a means to make vulnerable injury victims settle quickly for less than what they deserve. While bad faith insurance practices can mean your case takes longer, an attorney on your side will fight hard to ensure the insurance company investigating your case acts in good faith throughout the entire process.

Fighting on Your Behalf

At Briggle & Polan, we understand that the injury claims process can seem complicated by yourself. We are here to make this time a little easier for you. Our attorneys will look at the details of your case, lay out your options, and fight hard for your full financial recovery, all while keeping you informed throughout the entire legal process.

Contact our Austin personal injury attorneys at (512) 400-3278 to schedule your free consultation. You can also fill out our online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.