How Long Does a Personal Injury Case Last?

Here is the short answer:

The short answer is that injury claims typically take anywhere from 3 months to 3 years to resolve. However, let’s dive deeper into the details and break it down into two main categories: cases that settle without a lawsuit (“Pre-Litigation Cases) and cases that a lawsuit is required (“Litigation cases). The duration of your case will depend on whether your case is able to be resolve pre-litigation or if a court appearance and more fighting is necessary.

If your case settles during the pre-litigation phase, it should be resolved within 12 months or less. At the Green Injury Law Firm, we strive to resolve pre-litigation cases within 9 months or less. However, if your case requires a lawsuit, it may take an additional 1-2 years or more to reach a resolution.

Of course, there are exceptions to each rule. We've seen cases that resolve in as little as 60 days, while others may take up to 4 years to reach a conclusion.

I. Timeline of Pre-Litigation Personal Injury Case

Here's an approximate timeline of a Personal Injury or Car Accident Case:

Months 1-2:
Claim Setup and Evidence Collection

Months 2-6:
Medical Treatment

Month 7:
Preparation of Demand Letter

Month 8:

Months 9-10:
Settlement & Disbursement

If the case is not settled during the pre-litigation phase, your attorney will file a lawsuit on your behalf, initiating the litigation process.

II. Timeline of Litigation Injury Case

Months 1-2:
Draft Lawsuit and
Serve it on the Defendant

Months 3-5:
Written Discovery

Months 6-8:

Months 9-10:
Compulsory Medical Exam

Months 11-12:

Months 12+:


At the Green Injury Law Firm, we understand that every personal injury case is unique, and it’s crucial to receive personalized and tailored advice. If you or a loved one has been injured, we encourage you to reach out to our trial lawyer, Seth Green. He will listen to your story, assess your case, and provide you with the guidance you need. Don’t navigate the complexities of a personal injury claim alone.

Contact us today and let us fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.