Want to hear a lawyerly answer? It depends! It’s true. Litigation can vary. If a petition is filed, and isn’t settled, the usual time frame for litigation is about 10 to 12 months. Why is it this long? Under the Rules, each party will have approximately 90 days for presentation of their evidence. That’s 6 months right there. And, many times, there are continuances for various reasons. Then, the Work Comp Judge will grant the lawyers 30 to 90 days for their written arguments called “Briefs”. After this, it can take another 3 to 12 weeks to receive a Decision in the mail from the Work Comp Judge.
On the other hand, many petitions are resolved- perhaps the doctors agree with each other. Or, perhaps a global settlement is reached which means the entire Workers’ Comp case is resolved in a Compromnise & Release. So, each case takes it own path.
You will want to ask your PA Work Comp Lawyer. He or she will be able to give you the best estimate. Sometimes, who the Judge is can be a big factor as some Judges move cases quicker than others.
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