One of the big problems with personal injury cases is that they can take a long time to settle. Why? Even if a party knows it is responsible for an injury, why would it not just settle and avoid trial? There are a variety of reasons but particularly with businesses delay works to the advantage of the business model regardless of injury types (vehicle, dog bite, slip and fall etc.). Insurance companies, for example, deal with personal injuries a lot and have a vested interest in delay. Witnesses’ memories go old, statutes of limitations can run out (the deadline when a lawsuit for an injury has to be filed), evidence can get lost, a delay can pressure a plaintiff to take a smaller settlement and more. No injuries or damages get paid until there actually is an agreement or judgment. The longer a company delays the cost, the easier of a situation it may find down the road with changing conditions. For the injured party, however, delays only make the injury suffered worse as medical bills pile up, loss of work time takes effect on a paycheck, and damaged property can’t be replaced quickly. Where a trial is likely to take years, an out of court option could be a better way to go: arbitration.