How Long Does it Take to Settle a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Kansas?
Personal injuries can occur for a variety of reasons, such as car crashes, getting struck by or against an object, or due to a slip, trip, or fall. While commonly referred to as ‘accidents’, they are often the result of reckless actions on the part of others. In these situations, the party responsible for your injuries can be held liable for the damages you suffer through a personal injury lawsuit.
How long it takes to resolve your personal injury claim depends on a variety of factors. Determining how your accident occurred, who was at fault, and the extent of damages you are likely to suffer both now and in the future, can take anywhere between several months to several years. The following outlines some of the important issues that need to be resolved in a personal injury lawsuit, which can give you a better idea of how long your case might take.
Important Issues in Personal Injury Lawsuits
Under the Kansas Rules of Civil Procedure, a personal injury lawsuit is initiated by filing a petition with the court and notifying the other party of the filing. The process of notifying the person the lawsuit is filed against is known as service of process, and it can take up to 60 days or more to accomplish. They then have a chance to respond to your claim.
As with any legal proceeding, there is the process of discovery. This involves sharing any evidence regarding the case between the parties. This often includes statements from witnesses, experts and others involved in the case. The goal is to determine the following:
- How your injuries occurred;
- Who is responsible;
- The extent of the damages you suffered.
Determining Damages in Your Personal Injury Claim
In order to determine the amount of compensation you are entitled to in your claim, it is important to get an accurate estimate of your injuries. It generally takes three to six months before you achieve a level of maximum medical improvement, which means you have recovered as much as possible from your injuries and any lingering issues or impairments are likely to be permanent.
This is one of the most important considerations in seeking damages in your claim. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the average immediate economic costs associated with personal injuries ranges between $30,000 and $90,000. When you add on comprehensive costs, this number may increase the value of your case. Comprehensive costs include:
- Losses in earnings and benefits;
- Future medical expenses;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of quality of life.
Contact Us for Help Today
At Neustrom & Associates, we work diligently in gathering evidence and determining damages in your case, so that you can get the amount you need to recover in the least amount of time possible. Call or contact our Kansas personal injury attorneys online today and request a free consultation in our Salina office. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help you get the compensation you are entitled to.