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2024 How Long Does a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Take in Michigan?

Timing is often a pressing concern for individuals seeking justice and closure.  The difficult answer is that they often take years due to the procedural requirements and complexities of medical malpractice litigation. Otherfactors, like court backlogs, are beyond the attorneys’ control.

Medical Malpractice Defined

Medical malpractice refers to the failure of a healthcare professional or instutiton to adhere to the recognized standard of care, proximately causing the patient to suffer damages (injuries).

Factors Influencing the Timeline of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Several factors can influence the timeline of medical malpractice lawsuits in Michigan. Some include:

  • Complexity. Medically complex cases typically take longer to complete. Factors impacting this include the nature of the injuries, the number and specialties of medical providers involved, and the scope of the evidence.
  • Pre-trial procedures. During discovery, all parties are obligated to exchange evidence. Typically, multiple depositions are taken. These steps are time consuming and impact the length of the case.
  • Court backlogs. Court scheduling challenges and delays—particularly in the aftermath of the COVID19 pandemic—can greatly impact the litigation timeline.

Mediation versus Trial

Pre-trial mediation is an option in many medical malpractice cases. Mediation refers to the discussions between parties involved in a dispute outside of the court setting. This process can offer several benefits, including pre-trial resolution and lower costs. Through mediation, both sides have the opportunity to come to a mutually acceptable outcome without the uncertainties and expenses of a prolonged trial. The decision to settle or proceed to trial greatly impacts the duration of resolving a medical malpractice case in Michigan.

Mediations do not always result in a satisfactory resolution. When unsuccessful, trial is typically the next step. During trial, each side presents evidence and arguments before the judge and jury.


Q: How Much Are Most Medical Malpractice Settlements?

A: There is no ‘typical’ settlement because multiple factors influence the value of a case.  An experienced Michigan malpractice attorney can review the intricacies of your case to give you an assessment of your potential claim.

Q: Why Do Medical Malpractice Suits Take So Long?

A: Medical malpractice lawsuits often take a long time due to their complexity.

Navigating Michigan’s medical malpractice laws can be daunting, but with the guidance of the experienced legal team at Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC, you can be assured that your case is in capable hands. From investigating the details surrounding your injury to advocating relentlessly for you, we are committed to guiding you through every step of the legal process.

Contact a Michigan Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or harm due to medical malpractice, take the first step toward getting justice and contact Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC.

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