Patience preventing a medical malpractice lawyer from taking your case? To put it another way, why is it is important to be patient during your Maryland medical malpractice case? Patience is very important for multiple reasons. In this article we will focus on two of those reasons.
WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG TO TELL ME IF I HAVE A CASE?
The first reason why it is important to be patient during your Maryland medical malpractice case is that it takes time to effectively and efficiently evaluate and investigate your claim. Before filing a suit against a doctor, hospital or other medical staff, there must first be a valid, legal claim.
When you first contact an attorney about the injuries that you or a loved one suffered while under the care of a medical professional or while in the hospital, or after your loved one has passed away under a similar situation, the first thing the attorney is going to do is request to the medical records from the hospital stay. In some instances, the attorney may need additional records from previous doctors or from previous appointments. It can take a while for the medical facility to receive the request, process the request and send the records to your attorney.
After the attorney has received the records, he or she must evaluate them and quite often they have a medical professional review the records as well, to identify any potential legal/medical issues. Once a legal cause of action has been established, then the process can officially begin.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RESOLVE MY CASE?
The entire process can take several months up to several years to complete. Rarely does a medical malpractice incident/case get resolved in a matter of a few months. The process can take a while. Once a case begins, the attorney must be certain that the necessary paperwork is filed in the appropriate location and the other party must be served. Once the case is filed and answered in the appropriate court, the court will issue a scheduling order detailing the deadlines for steps of the case. The scheduling order could depend on the assigned track, the assigned judge, the jurisdiction and the court the matter is filed in among other aspects.
PATIENCE PREVENTING A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWYER FROM TAKING YOUR CASE?
Was your child injured at birth or were you injured at a hospital or by a doctor in Maryland, and you have the patience to go the distance? In other words, are you prepared to be patient? If you are and would you like to speak with us further, pick up the phone and give us a call. We can be reached at 301-850-4832. We answer birth injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice questions just like yours all the time and we will be happy to listen to your story.
J. Renee Boston, Esq.
Boston Law Group, LLC
2 Wisconsin Circle, Suite 700
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815