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I have a car accident case that have been going on since 2010, and now it's 2013 I have had schedule abritration hearing that

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Have been canceled twice I have been to one hearing though, and my statement was recorded, why is this taking so long is this normal?

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There is no "normal." Everyone heals on their own schedule. Your attorney is the best person to ask these questions. It is not unusual for an arbitration to be continued.

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What county is the case pending in? That often makes a difference. It sounds like you're almost at the end of the road. I hope the arbitration gets rescheduled soon. Hang in there.


1-2 years is normal. 3 is getting to be a bit much, but nothing nuts. What are they disputing? Some issues are tougher to resolve than others, like vertebrea injuries caused by low speed accidents.

Discuss this with your attorney.

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Many factors come into play with settling a case. Scheduling conflicts between the arbitrator, the parties, and their attorneys slow down the process. If you have an attorney, he or she may be attempting to settle the matter, which can lead to cancellations of proceedings. Generally, the legal system works slowly.


Cases can take many years. If the arbitration was rescheduled several times, this can be due to motions the parties make with regard to reopening discovery, unavailable witnesses, or scheduling conflicts. It can also be an excuse to delay things by an insurance company that uses time as a tactic, as many do.

The statement you gave was a deposition. The arbitration is more like a trial, albeit a much faster one. Either side can reject the arbitration award and proceed to trial. Having sat as an arbitator for almost twenty years, I can tell you that they are often a good way to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each side's case and can lead to settlement in the right circumstances.

Incidentally, I have had cases go on much longer than this, so you are not unique.

Stephen L. Hoffman
Law Office of Stephen L. Hoffman LLC
Chicago, IL

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Sit tight, as you sound like you are on the home stretch.

Stephen Laurence Hoffman

Stephen Laurence Hoffman


Home stretch may be relative, as cases can often take on a life of their own if the arbitration award is rejected. If you factor in things that can happen, such as silly motions to reopen discovery (even if denied, that eats up a month or so), motions to change judge to whom assigned for trial, and other nonsense, it can actually take more than a year to go to trial after arbitration. And this is significantly faster than it was a few decades ago.


Sounds like you are almost at the end of the road, so be patient


Sometimes the thing that you need most is patience. The one thing you did not mention is when the case was filed with the court. I presume that you were in the auto accident in 2010 and required medical attention for a while. Sorry to hear of the delays, but you need to hang in there.

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