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How Long Does a Medical Malpractice Claim Take to Settle?

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In general, the more complicated and foggy your medical malpractice case is, the longer it will take to settle.

In 2006, the New England Journal of Medicine did a study that revealed the average time duration of a medical malpractice case is five years.  However, there are many factors going into this number, and not all of them can be predicted.  The number varies wildly, and you may spend anywhere between a year to several years settling your case.  In general, the more complicated and foggy your case is, the longer it will take to settle.  Read on to learn more about what could cause your medical malpractice case to have an extended lifespan.

A Complicated Claim


A plaintiff might run into a few issues with their case when multiple parties could be involved in the incident.  For example, if a patient has two surgeries in the same week by two different doctors, and then discovers she has an infection.  Who is responsible for the infection?  This would make the case complicated, as it involves many different parties.  Thus, the case would be longer.  Likewise, this makes it more difficult to schedule depositions–with more people who need to clear their calendars, there’s more risk for complication.


Will Time Increase Costs?


Most lawyers, like those at the Snyder Law Group, work on a contingency fee basis.  This means that they are paid based on whether or not the case is a success.  This is an important distinction for two reasons: first, medical malpractice lawyers may work for years and charge the same amount as they would if it had taken days.  These are the kinds of lawyers you want to search for.  It means they care deeply about the integrity of their firm, and devote a piece of themselves to each case.  Secondly, it means you don’t have to worry about how long your case takes.  Eventually, with the right lawyer by your side, you’ll find the justice you deserve.


The Snyder Law Group is here to make sure that your medical malpractice case goes smoothly and in your favor!


The Snyder Law Group, LLC, proudly represents clients throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. Our experienced Baltimore attorneys understand the frustration that comes with an insurance company, medical professional, or other party that refuses to accept liability for negligent or reckless behavior. You can take heart in knowing there are talented and experienced lawyers ready to work for you. We are experienced in handling personal injury claims of medical malpractice or injury resulting from serious car and truck accidents, and have secured hundreds of millions in verdicts settlements*. Please visit our website,, for more information and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and LinkedIn.

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