If you or a loved one is harmed by the negligence of a doctor or other medical professional, it may be considered medical malpractice, and you may have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Navigating the malpractice law can be a very challenging and time-consuming process. In general, the malpractice litigation process against doctors or hospitals is complex. And this process can be incredibly overwhelming. But an experienced medical malpractice lawyer will work hard to build a case in your favor to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
When you go to see a doctor or go to a hospital, there is a certain level of expectation that you will be safe and free from harm. Unfortunately, there are sometimes problems that put you at risk of injury or much worse. With that said, the vast majority of medical malpractices are simple, such as:
- Applying too much unnecessary force during labor
- Giving you too much or too little medication
- Misdiagnosing your medical condition
Sadly, the consequences of these behaviors are usually devastating for patients and their loved ones. Victims of medical malpractice should receive adequate and fair compensation for the negligence they suffered. That’s why it’s so important to secure the services of an experienced medical malpractice firm.
But when you file a lawsuit, you might be wondering how long it usually takes for a case to settle. Let’s examine this aspect a bit closer so you will have a better idea of what to expect.
How Long Do Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Take?
Every medical malpractice case is unique, and there’s not a set timetable for how long it will take for litigation to reach a settlement or enter trial. In Florida, the average length of time that it takes for a medical malpractice claim to settle can range from a few months to a few years, with most cases lasting between two and three years.
Generally speaking, if the two parties can reach an agreement, the lawsuit will be settled in a relatively short period of time. But if they can’t come to an agreement, the case will enter the trial stage, causing the case to take longer.
How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Claim?
In Florida, you have two years to file a claim. Keep in mind that the sooner you act and hire an attorney to handle your case, the sooner your case will settle. Your lawyer needs time to build your case, which involves collecting evidence, conducting interviews, reviewing medical records and reports, and so on.
The amount of work that a medical malpractice attorney puts into these lawsuits is extraordinary, so it’s important that you act fast following your injury. It’s understandable if you feel intimidated by the medical establishment, but that’s where your attorney comes into the picture.
At the Doctor Lawyer Firm, we have extensive experience in both the medical and legal fields and can give you the representation you deserve as you seek compensation for your personal injury. We know how to navigate the challenges that medical malpractice presents, and we are experienced in negotiating compensation on our clients’ behalves.
So if you suffered an injury due to the negligence of a doctor or hospital, we encourage you to contact us right away. We are happy to arrange a consultation with you to discuss your injury and your options and will provide the representation you deserve.
Legal and Medical Experience You Can Trust
Matthew Sowell is one of the few Florida lawyers certified by the Florida Bar and the American Board of Professional Liability. He is also the founding chairman of the Stroke Litigation Group. Over the years, Matt has won millions of dollars in verdicts, ensuring that his clients are awarded the compensation they deserve in challenging medical malpractice cases.
Fadi Chakour is a former medical doctor who left the field to practice law in medical malpractice litigation. As a doctor, he treated many patients and loved ones who were injured due to the negligence of other physicians. Fadi’s combined medical and legal knowledge makes him a powerful advocate for injured people who are victims of medical negligence.
Get the Compensation You Deserve — Call Today
If you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice and wish to file a complaint, contact the Doctor Lawyer Firm today. The medical malpractice attorney team of Sowell & Chakour has decades of combined experience to assist with your medical-related legal matters. Call today at 1-833-MedMals or fill out their online contact form to get started.
The information in this blog post is for reference only and not legal advice. As such, you should not decide whether to contact a lawyer based on the information in this blog post. Moreover, there is no lawyer-client relationship resulting from this blog post, nor should any such relationship be implied. If you need legal counsel, please consult a lawyer licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.