It is hard to say without more facts how long it would take for your medical malpractice case to either settle or be scheduled for trial. Your lawyer will likely be able do push the matter forward to a certain extent, but hearings, etc. can often be delayed. Cases can sometimes take longer than two years to reach a final resolution. You should speak with your lawyer about this issue. If you do not already have a lawyer, you should consult with an attorney who has medical malpractice experience immediately. Good luck.
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I am sorry to say that it all depends on many factors. The biggest factor in PA is which County you are in. Cases in Philadelphia County move fairly quickly, at least for lawyers. That is about two years or so from filing to trial. However, cases can take longer or shorter. Outside Philadelphia County, cases can take an additional several years. Consult your preferred lawyer.
Cases have their own lives like children. Some grow and mature faster than others. There is no answer to your question as to how long can it take. Speak with your lawyer and get an update.
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It can be 2 years, 5 years , 10 years or longer if the lawyers allow it.
Most cases can be resolved or brought to trial in Pennsylvania in about 2-3 years. The fastest is typically about 12-15 months and the longest is typically about 4-5 years if the lawyers were lazy.
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Attorney Fardo has outlined what happens in ALlegheny county very well--and I am assuming that is where the case is filed.
In the not too distant past a medical negligence cases could easily take 5 or more years to get to trial. We had a procedure to ask the court to place the case on the next available trial list. You were only to do this when you were ready. However in the past I would immediately ask the court to place it on the next available list even though obviously I was not ready, but I knew it would take years before it got on a list.
Today if you asked the court to place a case on the next available list--literally if you asked today--you would likely be on a list In September, 2014.
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Your best answers are from attorneys who know the jurisdiction. Defense counsel always prefer to drag their feet. I always ask for a scheduling order and a number one setting. That doesn't mean I always get it but with bringing experts in from out of State I at least try. Discuss with your attorney who is in the best position to answer.
Unfortunately, it can take a very long time for medical malpractice cases to settle (or go to trial.) Some reasons might involve the complexity of the injury, whether the person is still treating, how many lawyers are involved, how many witnesses need to be deposed, how many expert opinions are required (and how long they take to get.) Two years is not a long time, and often, the case can take quite a bit longer. Check with your lawyer about what he thinks will happen time wise.
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