After you or a loved one suffers injury or death as the result of medical malpractice, you naturally wonder how long such a case would take. Ryan A. Prochaska, medical malpractice lawyer at PHP Law Firm, explains that medical malpractice cases usually take one to two years depending on the complexity of the case.
Before Filing A Medical Malpractice Case
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.
After Filing A Medical Malpractice Case
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.
Contact Our Hays Medical Malpractice Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in Hays or across the state of Kansas that you believe to be the result of medical malpractice, set up a consultation with the medical malpractice attorneys at PHP Law Firm. 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.