It's difficult to determine how long it will take to resolve a personal injury lawsuit, or a case involving serious injuries. Each case is unique; therefore, no general timetable can be established for personal injury cases. A personal injury lawsuit may settle in a few months without the need for a trial, while others can take years to complete.
Remember, some of that time may be necessary for your injuries to stabilize, for you to undergo treatment, recover from surgery, etc. Usually, the more serious the injury, the longer the case will take because the full extent of the injuries and their effect on your life won't be known at first.
In D.C., Maryland and Virginia accident cases generally take from 6 months to 2 years to resolve; again, that will depend on how severe your injuries are.