What’s the General Timeline of a Medical Malpractice Case?

No medical malpractice attorney can guesstimate how long your lawsuit will take. Ohio law is complex, and the evidence needed to prove your negligence claim could take some time to collect. Actions such as the following could shorten or lengthen the time it takes to achieve a result.

  • Settling out of court – your case could be cut short if the insurance company offers a settlement that you and your Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer feel is adequate.
  • Participating in arbitration or mediation – if you do not wish to settle, but you’re leery of a long malpractice lawsuit, you could opt to go through arbitration or mediation with the individual or company responsible for your injuries.
  • Going to trial – Because so many factors are involved, you may not reach a verdict for months or even years.

Though the length of your case is unpredictable, there are things you can do, such as listening to and following the advice of your medical malpractice lawyer, that can ease the process and prevent errors that could cause a setback in getting you the compensation you deserve.

If you have questions about an injury, negligence, or a potential claim against your doctor or healthcare facility, request our free guide to filing a claim in Ohio, or contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation.