If you've recently been injured in a car accident, slip-and-fall, or other incident, you may be feeling a little uneasy as the medical bills and other expenses begin to pile up. Hopefully you have at least begun the process of filing a personal injury claim and seeking legal compensation from the party responsible for your accident. However, depending on the specifics surrounding your case, it could easily take months or even years before your case is resolved.

While expediting the outcome of a case isn't always possible, there are some steps you may be able to take to speed up the process.

Work With an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

The number-one thing to keep in mind is that everything will move a lot faster and more smoothly if you have a personal injury attorney on your side. There are a number of reasons as to why this is true. For starters, an attorney will be able to assist you with some of the more time-consuming aspects of the process. Furthermore, some insurance companies may even feel intimidated once they see you've secured a personal injury attorney. As a result, they may be more eager to settle than they were before.

Reach a Settlement Outside of the Court Room

The process of settling a personal injury case in court is often the most time-consuming aspect of the case, so if there's any way to avoid a trial, this will automatically reduce the length of your case significantly. Finding a way to reach a settlement both parties can agree on without involving the courts is something your personal injury attorney can assist with as well.

Be Prepared to Provide Important Documentation

There will be a lot of documentation you'll need to provide as part of the process, and the more promptly you're able to do this, the faster things will move. Some of the most important documentation you should keep readily available are copies of your medical bills, police reports/incident reports from the accident itself, photos from the scene of the incident, witness statements, and your own written statement of what happened.

While there is no guaranteed way to speed up the process of reaching a settlement in any personal injury case, there are steps you can take that will not hurt your cause. Keep these tips in mind and follow your attorney's recommendations to get through this difficult time as promptly as possible.