Hey Case, how long is it going to take for me to get compensated for my injuries? Great question! There's no one-size-fits-all answer to this one because it depends on how severe your injuries are, how long your treatment and recovery are expected to last, and the insurance company you're dealing with. Finally, the strength of your evidence that the other party is at fault and is legally responsible for your injuries is an important factor. Looking at all of these factors together, it's hard to give a specific answer to the how long question, but as a general rule it's going to take at least 6 months to reach a settlement with the insurance company, and if your claim doesn't settle, it's going to take a year or longer to get to a jury.

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Costa Mesa Personal Injury Lawyers

When you or someone you love is injured by a distracted driver, a dangerous product, a negligent doctor, or in a slip-and-fall accident, you need an Orange County Costa Mesa personal injury attorney you can trust. At Case Barnett law, we bring our reputation, compassion, and trial skills to represent you successfully.

After another person’s mistake has left you hurting, the last thing you should worry about is how you are going to pay your medical bills and make up for your lost wages. If you have been injured, you should immediately contact an attorney to begin preparing a case on your behalf. 

Types of Personal Injury Cases We Accept

At Case Barnett Law, we are experienced in handling a range of personal injury claims, including the following:


Personal Injury Cases in Orange County, California

In a personal injury case in California, the person who was injured is responsible for proving that the negligence of another person caused the injury to occur. This is a difficult undertaking, and it is essential that you not try to do it alone. An experienced personal injury attorney will know how to negotiate the following key elements of a personal injury case:

  • Comparative negligence. The person who caused the accident is likely to argue that he was not entirely at fault. In California, this is called "comparative negligence." If you are found to be even partially to blame, your recovery will be reduced by the amount of fault that lies with you.
  • Expert testimony. Testimony from a medical, economic, or accident reconstruction expert is often needed to build a strong case. The expert will explain how both the injuries and medical bills are due to the defendant’s negligence. Case Barnett Law has access to highly qualified experts.
  • Going to trial. Many attorneys will waste time trying to negotiate with the insurance company before actually filing the case. An attorney who is confident in his trial abilities will not do this. Case Barnett Law will almost always file a lawsuit before we negotiate. We always want there to be a trial date in place for your case. If we settle for a fair number before trial, great. If not, we will take your case to trial.
  • Statute of limitations. There are time limits associated with personal injury claims, and an attorney will keep you apprised of any deadlines. There are sometimes exceptions to the statute of limitations, and your case may be one in which waiting to file suit is justified. However, it is never justified to wait until the last moment just to play a game of "Chicken" with the insurance company.

7 Mistakes that Can Ruin Your Accident Claim

The time immediately following an accident is critical. There are things that you can do, unknowingly, that can ruin your chances for financial compensation. For this reason, we wrote The 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Accident Claim. Download it for free today.

If you would like to speak to one of our attorneys about your legal matter, call Case Barnett Law today at (949) 409-0055 or contact us here. We can help tell your story and get you the compensation you deserve.