How long does a medical malpractice case take?
Medical malpractice occurs when a person is injured by someone who works in the healthcare industry. Malpractice is not limited to just doctors. Anyone who is providing a medical service can be held accountable for their actions, including facility administrators that make medical decisions that injure patients.
When a medical malpractice case is filed, the injured party can reasonably expect the case to take between 18 and 24 months to finalize. Even if the case is very obvious and seems clear cut, there are legal requirements that must be met that take time to process.
But That Is A Long Time
The time it takes to complete a malpractice case is often more beneficial to the injury victim than harmful. While it may present an inconvenience, this extended period of time also allows any additional medical issues to surface. It is not unusual for an injury to cause additional problems at a later date. Many of these connected issues cannot be discovered right away, even under the best medical care.
If additional medical issues arise during the malpractice case, your West Virginia medical malpractice lawyers will seek additional medical care and compensation for your new symptoms and condition. This ensures that you receive all of the care you need, not just the initial care from the malpractice event.
It has been the experience of many West Virginia medical malpractice lawyers that the extended time period it takes to finalize these cases is more often than not very beneficial to their clients. Clients must understand that once they settle a claim, they cannot seek further damages at a later date if new problems arise from their injury. By taking time to process the case, they are protected from any unexpected medical events that are connected to the malpractice injury.
Contact the Law Office of Freeman & Chiartas today, for further questions and concerns on this matter.