How Long Will It Take to Settle My Pennsylvania Personal Injury Case?
The length of time it will take to settle your personal injury case is different for each client. It depends on numerous variables. First, the amount of investigation that it takes to prove that the other party is responsible for the accident. Second, what injuries you sustained and the length of time it takes for you to complete your medical treatment. It also depends on whether your case can be settled without having to file a lawsuit or not. If a lawsuit has to be filed the length of time that it will take to get your case to trial depends on the venue where the lawsuit is filed. So, numerous factors impact how long it will take to resolve your personal injury case.
In Pennsylvania we are required to file a lawsuit in your case within two years of the date of your accident. That is called the statute of limitations. If you do not move forward with a lawsuit within two years of the date of your accident you forever lose your legal rights to compensation. Even though the statute of limitations is two years, we rarely wait that long to move forward with your case. But until your medical condition stabilizes, we are not able to move forward with your case.
That’s because, until your condition stabilizes, we are unable to determine the value of your case. Once your medical condition stabilizes we obtain medical records from all of your medical providers and we determine the value of your case based upon our experience and expertise. Then, we try to settle the case with the insurance company without having to file a lawsuit. If a settlement can be reached then the case is over. If a settlement cannot be reached then we need to move forward with a lawsuit.
If a settlement can’t be reached then we need to move forward with a lawsuit. However, just because we file a lawsuit that does not mean that your case will have to go to trial. Instead, well over 90% of all personal injury cases settle even after a lawsuit has to be filed. If a lawsuit has to be filed we diligently move your case through the court system to get the case prepared for trial in an efficient manner.