How long should I expect my medical malpractice case to take to resolve?

The particular circumstances behind the medical malpractice injury will often determine how long a case will take. When liability is clear and the extent of the injuries is well known and unlikely to change, sometimes settlements are reached prior to launching a claim. In many cases, however, it can take about five years to reach a settlement and an average of seven years for a court decision. Some decisions also go on to appeal. While this time frame may be disappointing, it often takes time to adequately determine the extent of injuries and build a strong case that encourages a settlement you deserve or favourable court judgment.