One question many medical malpractice clients have is “How long will my lawsuit take?”
Patients who have been injured because of a doctor’s or hospital’s negligence often have significant medical bills and future medical expenses to consider, and the length of time before they may receive a resolution is a legitimate concern.
Medical malpractice lawsuits are lengthy and very complex. There generally is no quick resolution. Medical records must be examined and reviewed, expert opinions must be acquired, witnesses must be interviewed. If a complaint is filed and a lawsuit initiated, the discovery process begins and both sides will examine evidence, take depositions, and work on building their cases. Expert medical witnesses will examine the case to determine how the negligence occurred, whether there was a breach in the standard of care, and whether such a breach is the cause of the patient’s injuries. Once this process is complete, it is often possible for both sides to reach a settlement in the case. Other times, the case will go to trial and it will be up to the jury to decide the outcome.