So often people want to know, “How long does it take to go through a medical malpractice case?” or “How soon will I know if my medical negligence case is won?” Neither of these questions are ones we have direct answers for, unfortunately. Some cases may take just a year and others may take several. The length of the case really depends on the specific situation you are in, and the timeline in which it happened. For cases where the malpractice or negligence is apparent right away, they may be more timely, but not always. Then there are cases where it is not discovered until years later that a person’s condition or death is due to a past operation, procedure or diagnosis. Those generally take longer to conclude because of the investigative process involved with getting to the root cause of the person’s condition or death.
Recently, a woman and her children from Houston won a $4.2 million case for her husband, their father’s, death. He died in 2010 from spinal fluid in the brain, a condition which is entirely treatable, however, his doctor had failed to properly diagnose him. In this case, it took almost 10 years for the case to be resolved and for the family to be awarded. There is no saying when or how quickly a case may be closed.
In this situation, the case required a thorough investigation with several doctors and analysts that could guarantee and pinpoint exactly what caused the 46-year-old’s death. It was, of course, later found that it was indeed due to the misdiagnosis of spinal fluid in the brain. However, it takes a lot of time and precise observation from experienced, professional persons in the field of interest to come to a conclusion such as they did.
There is no easy way out of a medical malpractice or negligence case. In fact, the duration and stress of the matter is often what deters people from filing a claim, even if they would undoubtedly win. We always encourage people to file a case when they are owed justice and financial support. If you have a case in which you were misdiagnosed or improperly operated on, then you have the right to be compensated. There are various types of compensation, and it may help you and your family a great deal when it comes to medical costs. Families and individuals may be compensated for medical costs of recovery or fixing the malpractice that occurred, loss of income while recovering, pain and suffering and more.
If you believe you have a medical malpractice or medical negligence case on your hands, do not let the process deter you from fighting for what is rightfully yours. Our expert team of attorneys will do everything to support you and your family along the way. Family comes first, and we are here for yours.