No - it can settle amicably at any point before then, assuming both parties are willing.
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No. A case can be settled the morning of the trial.
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Not necessarily. You need to address your concerns to your medical malpractice attorney.
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Just for your reference, only about 3%-5% of cases actually make it to full trial, and tat includes many cases that settle the day or the trial and I have settled cases after they have begun. Just be prepared to go through with the trial, but it might settle before that ever happens.
There is also the question of mediation and whether the judge will want to see if a settlement is possible before trial. Your best bet is to ask these question to your attorney.
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