How Long Will My Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Take?
It is impossible to predict exactly how long it will take to resolve your medical malpractice case. Some cases are decided within a year or two, while others take upwards of four years until they are concluded. What matters is that you received the maximum compensation for the injury that you sustained as a result of medical negligence.
We will never settle a case until the true scope of your loss is understood and the extent of your wrongdoer’s actions are revealed. To ensure that you are receiving the highest compensation, it often takes our lawyers a longer time than many people would like, but thoroughness and diligence often pay off in the end.
Is There a Typical Timeline of a Medical Malpractice Case?
It is very difficult for an attorney to provide an exact amount of time that it will take a medical malpractice case to settle or proceed to trial. What we can tell you is that it is a lengthy process. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has shown that nationally nearly a third of medical malpractice lawsuits can last longer than three years. There is no magic date when a case may settle. A piece of evidence against a negligent health care provider may be uncovered at any time. On the other hand, if a case goes to trial, you can expect to wait at least a year or more. Adequate time for discovery of documents preparation of expert witnesses, and other issues can prolong the process between filing a case and collecting money.
We know you want to resolve your case as quickly as possible. Our lawyer pride ourselves in bringing cases to justice as quickly as possible. However, in order to recover the best possible results for clients, it is imperative that we perform a thorough investigation to build your case.
We will do everything within our power to move your case along, but will never settle your case before completely understanding the full impact of the wrongdoing on you or your loved ones. Our law firm is always preparing to take your case to trial, but even settlements take time while we look for the best opportunities to settle, ensuring that you never receive less than full compensation for the harms caused.
It is important that you choose a Chicago medical malpractice law firm that has honed the skills needed to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve–no matter how long it takes. Whether that means a case is settled or taken to trial, our legal team is not afraid to do what it takes to achieve justice.
For a free consultation with one of our medical malpractice attorneys, call us at 312-332-2872 or toll free at 877-374-1417. You can also fill out our Free Online Case Evaluation Form and one of our lawyers will contact you. Or, you can give one of our website live chat operators your contact information and a brief summary of your potential lawsuit and we will be happy to call you back at your convenience.
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