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Georgia Legal FAQ: How long will my personal injury case take?

Published February 12, 2018 by Bruce Millar

How long will my Georgia car, truck, motorcycle or other personal injury case take? Many factors go into determining how long it will take to resolve a personal injury or car accident claim or lawsuit, including the complexity of the case and the other side’s willingness to agree to a full and fair settlement.

The first step in any case will be to conduct a complete investigation. If the case involves multiple parties or out-of-state parties, it can make the investigation more complex and possibly add time to the investigation.

Additionally, the other side may make discovery difficult by refusing to turn over documents or other evidence that has been requested. In fact, this is common in truck accident cases when logbooks, truck maintenance and employment records are sought from trucking companies.

A case will enter settlement negotiations. If liability and the amount of damages that should be recovered are clear, a settlement may be reached in a short amount of time. However, in some cases, the other side’s refusal to reach a reasonable agreement can lead to extended negotiations.

In some cases, no settlement may be reached. A trial may be required. The length of the trial will depend on the number of issues that are contested, the amount of evidence presented by each side and the time it takes a jury to make a decision. (Read our page on Jury Trials to learn more.)

Finally, if a case goes to trial, there is always the possibility that either side may file an appeal, which would add additional time.

At The Millar Law Firm, Atlanta Personal Injury and Car Accident Lawyers, we cannot provide a definitive answer to how long it will take to resolve your specific case. However, we can promise to move as efficiently as possible. We know time is important to you. We will do everything we can to help you move on as quickly as possible. Contact us today to learn more.

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