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How Long Does a Personal Injury Lawsuit Take?

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An Overview of How Long a Personal Injury Lawsuit Takes in Philadelphia

One of the most common questions we hear at van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim is, "How long does a personal injury lawsuit take?" The truth is, there's no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The duration of a personal injury lawsuit can vary dramatically, depending on a range of factors. In this post, we'll dive into what these factors are and how they might affect your personal injury claim timeline in Pennsylvania.

Overview of the Personal Injury Claim Process

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, it's crucial to understand the basic steps involved in filing a personal injury lawsuit:

  • Preliminary investigation
  • Filing of initial complaint
  • Discovery process
  • Negotiation & Mediation
  • Trial

Each of these stages has its own timeline, but various factors can either expedite or prolong the process.

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Phase-Specific Timelines


Time-frame: 2 weeks - 2 months
The initial investigation stage is where you gather all the evidence to support your claim. Depending on the complexity, this can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to two months.


Time-frame: Up to 2 years (Pennsylvania Statute of Limitations)
You have up to two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in Pennsylvania, starting from the date of the injury or the discovery of the injury.


Time-frame: 6 months - 1 year
This phase involves the exchange of evidence and information between both parties. Typically, this can take up to a year, sometimes even longer for complex cases.

Negotiation & Mediation

Time-frame: 1 - 3 months
Once all the evidence is on the table, both parties may opt to settle the case outside of court, which generally takes a shorter time than proceeding to trial.


Time-frame: 3 months - 2 years
If a settlement can't be reached, the case goes to trial, which could last anywhere from a few months to over a year, depending on court backlog and the complexity of the case.

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Variable Factors

Factors that can affect the duration of a personal injury lawsuit include the case's complexity, the willingness of the parties to settle, the backlog of the court system in Philadelphia, and specific jurisdictional elements related to Pennsylvania law.

An experienced attorney from van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim can effectively navigate these factors, potentially speeding up the process or at least helping you manage your time expectations better. Our familiarity with Philadelphia's legal landscape can be invaluable in understanding local rules, statutes, and timelines.

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We have represented clients in Philadelphia where unexpected hurdles prolonged the lawsuit, such as delayed responses from the opposition or complexities introduced by local regulations. With our comprehensive strategy, we were able to expedite these cases to successful conclusions.

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The Importance of Due Diligence

It might be tempting to wish for a speedy resolution, but it's important to understand that a thorough, diligent legal process often leads to more favorable outcomes. Being too hasty can result in overlooked details that might be crucial to your case.

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While it's natural to want a quick resolution, the timeline for a personal injury lawsuit can be influenced by many variables, especially in Philadelphia. For a tailored consultation to discuss the specific circumstances of your case, don't hesitate to reach out to the experienced attorneys at van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim.

Remember, a favorable outcome is often the result of a carefully navigated, well-timed legal process. Don't leave it to chance; consult with professionals who understand the intricacies of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania law.

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Click on your locality to learn how our unrivaled experience in personal injury law is tailored to meet the unique needs of residents in these specific areas.

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