The legal process in Virginia is complicated - just complicated enough that those without a lawyer will typically make some fatal error early on in the process and sink their case.
So if you’ve decided to do it right and hire a professional, how long can you expect your Virginia car accident case to take?
Patience, patience, patience. One of the most important factors in a car accident case are your medical bills. However, if you are still treating, you don’t yet know how much your complete recovery will cost. The insurance company won’t give you money when there is no documentation in place, so that means you have to wait until your treatment has run its course before your case can move forward. Right out of the gate, this can put a long timer on winning your case, but it’s a legal necessity in Virginia.
You will also need time to pass to count lost wages and full property damage costs accurately.
The actual negotiation of your settlement could take many months, even a year. And if the insurance company just won't budge, you may need to file a lawsuit which will likely add another year or more to the timeline.
This probably sounds pretty frustrating, and it can be.
The reality of the situation is that you need an experienced, board certified personal injury lawyer handling your case, dealing with the insurance company, and giving you professional, measured advice at the crucial junctures in your case.