FAQ: How Long Will My Medical Malpractice Case Take?
If you or a loved one has had a bad medical outcome or even death and are contemplating a medical malpractice case, you might wonder how long such a case could take?
According to medical malpractice Attorney Ryan A. Prochaska of PHP Law Firm in Wichita, Kansas, medical malpractice cases generally take one to two years depending on the complexity of the case. If your case is more simple, it may take around one year, but generally, you should expect about two years.
Steps Taken Before a Medical Malpractice Case is Filed
When investigating a potential case, our team at PHP Law Firm:
- Meets with the patient to get their story.
- Gathers both past and present medical provider information.
- Interviews friends and family members who have relevant information.
- Reviews medical research that is relevant to the case.
- Reviews the medical records we receive.
- Puts together a highly detailed, chronological timeline of what occurred.
- Shares all the information we have gathered with expert witnesses.
After reviewing all the information, the expert witnesses let us know if they think medical malpractice occurred. Their opinions trigger the next steps, which could include proceeding with a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Phases After a Medical Malpractice Case is Filed
Proceeding with a medical malpractice lawsuit includes the following phases:
- Discovery – The discovery involves both sides sharing information before going to trial.
- Written Discovery – Written discovery includes “interrogatories.” These are written questions that the opposing side will send your attorney for you to answer. Next, there are Requests for Production (RFPs). These requests by the attorney are sent to the opposing side for specific information.
- Depositions – Depositions are used by attorneys to gather all the information everybody knows and to find out what would potentially be said at trial.
- Negotiate a Settlement – All parties will get together to try to negotiate a settlement to end the lawsuit.
- Trial – If the parties cannot reach an agreement, the case will go to trial.
How Our Wichita Medical Malpractice Attorneys Can Help
The work involved in investigating, filing and taking a medical malpractice to trial is extensive. If you are currently considering pursuing a medical malpractice case due to a bad medical outcome, the PHP Law Firm in Wichita can help.
We offer free consultations and work on contingency, which means that you will not be charged anything unless we win compensation for you. Our main goal has always been and continues to be making it possible for the victims of medical malpractice to move forward again.
Contact us directly at (316) 683-9080 to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to speaking with you!