Raleigh medical malpractice and personal injury lawyer Brent Adams says that your case - if it can't be settled - could take up to a year and half to get to trial. From there, the length of the trial is unpredictable. Accident victims should be ready to wait for the beginning. In order to move toward trial, Brent Adams must file a lawsuit against the defendent. The defendent has 30 days to respond. Following this is generally a discovery period where both parties can ask questions under oath. This could be a lengthy process depending on the circumstances of the case and evidence to be gathered and questioned. Then the case must fall onto the court's calendar where there are many other cases already pending. This adds time as well. There are other factors that could delay the trial for your case and Brent Adams discusses them in the video above.