The duration of a personal injury case depends on factors like the duration of the treatment and/or reaching final recovery. The case cannot be settled until a definitive medical situation has been established and/or parties agree on a situation of final settlement.
Costs incurred for legal assistance (read: lawyer’s fees) are charged to the other party.
Our office also provides assistance on the basis of government-funded legal aid. If your income and assets are below a certain level, we submit a petition to the Legal Aid Council (Raad voor Rechtsbijstand), after which the government will generally pay your lawyer’s fees. You are however expected to pay a (one-off) contribution yourself. The amount of this contribution depends on your income. If the petition is allowed, the Legal Aid Council will grant legal assistance (“toevoeging”).
You can find more information and the latest income-and-assets standards at
“Informatie voor rechtzoekenden (Information for litigants)”