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How Long Do Personal Injury Cases Typically Take To Get Resolved?


There is not a set timeline that can be applied to personal injury cases. Every case has its own, unique issues. Shortly after retention, our firm is usually able to give our clients a reasonable sense as to those issues that must be dealt with in order to achieve a resolution of their case. Our firm can generally tell in a short period of time if a case has settlement value or whether the case will have to go in front of a fact finder, be it mediation, arbitration or trial. Based on our 40 years of experience dealing with insurance companies in these types of cases, we are able to generate fairly accurate, finite timelines for our clients.

What Factors Determine The Viability Of A Personal Injury Claim?

The viability of a personal injury claim is determined by the liability, or who is at fault. Liability must be clearly shown to a fact finder. The injury must be appreciated by the client’s medical providers, the client’s doctors, physical therapists and other health care providers. There must be immediate medical treatment following an injury. The insurance companies will take a position that certain injuries were not caused by their client if there is an unreasonable delay by the plaintiff seeking out medical care. In a motor vehicle accident, for instance, the force of impact must be established by property damage. Although we know that a light impact can cause grave injury under certain conditions, small impact collisions will result in an insurance company putting up a solid defense on a case. On all types of injury cases, when we are able to speak to a client right after an accident and things are done correctly, we are able to get very good compensation for our clients.

What Sets Your Firm Apart In Handling Personal Injury Cases?

Our firm is set apart by the knowledge and the experience gained from hundreds of injury trials. You cannot over emphasize experience. It takes many years and many trials to become accomplished in this arena. We have tried hundreds of injury and death cases to juries, judges, arbitration panels, and mediators. It’s the knowledge and experience that we’ve gained from injury case settlements that allows us to settle in the best way possible. For example, is it going to be a cash settlement? If a minor is involved, is it going to go into a blocked account settlement? Or, is it going to be a structured payout settlement? These types of settlements are only gained by having the necessary knowledge and experience that is obtained by doing so many of them. In other words, the attorney becomes a specialist in medicine, construction, products liability, accident reconstruction, etc., as well as economics. These skills are so very important and obtained only by years of experience.

Members of our firm are chairpersons in continuing legal education seminars. We frequently speak at and attend continuing legal education seminars. Our experience in court provides us with insight into strategies that would be effective, and how to put them into action. This gives our clients the best chance to prevail. Furthermore, we are able to emphasize factors that a judge or a jury would be more likely to appreciate in a case, which is based largely on our experience of how such factors have fared in past trials.

It’s our belief that we have learned something from every case that we have tried. It is the things we have learned and continue to learn that make us better lawyers for our clients. Our office has long been a proponent of continuing legal education. There are a number of providers who organize seminars that educate attorneys about the many things that can change over time in the laws and legal procedures. For example, each year, the California Supreme Court and the California Courts of Appeal rule on hundreds of matters which often result in changes to the law. Also, the legislature passes new laws each year which the courts are called upon to interpret. The educational seminars present speakers who lecture and provide written articles which deal with what’s developing in an ever-evolving legal landscape. We are proud to participate in the seminars as speakers and as listeners.

Our law firm has been involved as co-chair on the largest seminar on personal injury law for more than 40 years. Russell Nordstrom of our law firm has given over 80 presentations in legal seminar. Our attorneys have obtained a wide range of practical skills working in emergency medicine, the construction industry, and for insurance companies. These skills enable us to understand not only our client’s particular injury, but also to appreciate the nature of the working environment that has led to a particular accident or injury. Intimate knowledge of the inner workings of an insurance company is an invaluable asset, and it allows our law firm to obtain salutary results for our clients.

Many law firms are quick to suggest that they handle cases in all categories of personal injury law. Most attorneys are quick to point out all their years of experience as well. But this is the real question that must be addressed: What is the actual experience that your attorney has had in handling a case similar to yours? Every person’s case is unique because every person is unique. However, there are common threads that bind case patterns together. A competent law firm must be able to take time to understand the uniqueness of both the case and the client.

An attorney’s expertise or experience should translate not only into how many cases similar to yours they’ve handled, but also into the trial experience they’ve had in handling cases similar to yours. Our law firm has represented injured people exclusively for over 40 years now, and we’ve handled thousands of personal injury matters to successful conclusion. We believe that a law firm and its members should have the expertise not only in handling a great number of cases similar to those of our clients, but also the practical underpinnings of doing so. Our practical skills of emergency medicine, construction, and working for insurance companies not only enable us to understand the injury, but also to appreciate the environment that caused that injury.

We’ve tried many types of cases including air crashes, cancer-causing asbestos, automobile versus automobile collisions, automobile versus pedestrian collisions, boating accidents, bicycle accidents, commercial trucking crashes, animal bites, slip and fall cases, defective products causing amputations, construction site accidents, construction defect related property damage, motorcycle accidents, and medical malpractice cases. In doing so, we’ve dealt with many injuries and illnesses including amputations, spinal injuries, brain damage, fractures, burns, mesothelioma, scarring, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and fatalities. We’ve been fortunate enough to have won the substantial majority of cases that we have tried, many of which have resulted in six and seven figure judgements in our clients’ favor.

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