The information presented here is not intended to discourage you from filing a personal injury lawsuit. If someone else’s negligence has caused you harm, you should absolutely take steps to protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve. The goal of this blog is simply to make you a better-informed plaintiff, one less likely to be frustrated by the legal process. What follows are some basic truths about personal injury lawsuits that news and entertainment media often leave out, creating false expectations and frustrated plaintiffs.
It will probably take longer than you expect. Occasionally—rarely—personal injury cases settle in less than a year. More often than not, it can take more than two years for a personal injury case to conclude, and that’s measuring from the time you file suit, not from the date of your injury. Many cases take three or four years to settle or reach a verdict. So be prepared to hang in there for the long haul.
You will have to be deposed. Being the subject of a deposition is not fun. You have to sit and answer questions from the other side’s lawyers for hours. Sometimes it can take so long, you even have to adjourn and come back another day to let them to finish grilling you. But keep a few things in mind, and the whole thing will feel less intimidating. First of all, it’s not a race. You can, and should, take your time and make sure you know what you want your answer to be before you start talking. Secondly, your lawyer is right there with you. If the defense lawyers start badgering you or asking the same question eight different ways to try to trip you up, your lawyer can and should step in to defend you.
You will not get justice. No amount of money is ever enough to put you back where you were before your injury. And money is poor recompense for the pain, emotional anguish and trauma associated with many injuries. But you deserve fair compensation for your physical, financial and emotional damages.