While the pain of the loss you have suffered following a deadly Los Angeles car accident never goes away, there is a certain element of closure that comes with wrapping up your Los Angeles wrongful death lawsuit-- both financially and emotionally. For many, the funds that come from a deadly car accident lawsuit (aka car accident wrongful death) are much needed and also provide a sense of justice and accountability.
So how long does a Los Angeles deadly car accident lawsuit take? At the fastest, it can take as little as three months or a couple years depending on the nature of the accident and who the defendant is. Fast lawsuits are those where the liability is really clear and not contested and the other party's insurance is fairly easy to work with. In these cases, the bulk of the work is on us as your Los Angeles deadly car accident lawyers to get organized and make convincing arguments related to the worth of your loss on both the tangible and intangible items. For instance, forecasting and sound legal arguments will need to be made around how much the deceased would have made throughout his lifetime. The good news is that the overwhelming majority of all Los Angeles car accident lawsuits, including deadly ones do not go to trial but settle which is always a much faster process.
Why do some deadly car accident cases take so long? The cases that take long are because of a variety of factors including: disputed liability (Los Angeles follows a comparative negligence model), your case going to trial, difficult defendants and multiple defendant actions. The long deadly car accident lawsuits are often the rare lawsuits that might also go to trial or be eligible for punitive damages because the defendant's role in the death rose to the level of this punishment in the form of a major financial judgement. For instance, a deadly car accident involving a drunk truck driver might mean that we are suing a large trucking company and seeking punitive damages at a hard fought trial. Or it may be that we are filing a lawsuit against an individual driver as well as a city for their shared responsibility in the deadly car accident. While these long-lasting cases do not always result in huge payouts, they are always worth the wait because the goal of maximizing your settlement remains the same.
Whether your case takes a long time or a short time our goal is always the same- to get you paid the absolute most as quickly as possible. We have been in the business of helping car accident victims and their families for over 40 years and can help you too. Whenever you are ready to chat and get started, so are we. We look forward to hearing from you.