If you sue a doctor for medical malpractice in Texas, your case may go to trial or it may not. Most medical malpractice cases do not go to trial and either are settled or dismissed. However, there are many that do go to trial if a settlement is not reached. Trials can be very expensive and the outcomes very uncertain, so many litigants choose to reach a settlement instead.
If a medical malpractice case does go to trial, the actual trial can last anywhere from a week or less to months, depending on the complexity of the case. In addition, there are parts of the lawsuit, such as the discovery process, that take a long time and can extend the length of the case. Medical malpractice cases tend to take longer than other types of cases because of their complexity.
Ultimately, the decision about whether or not your Texas medical malpractice case goes to trial will depend on you and your attorney. You may consider how negligent your doctor was, whether you suffered a permanent disability, scars, or other serious injuries, how many procedures you had to have to fix what the doctor did wrong, how anxious you are to put the legal process behind you, whether or not you believe you are receiving a fair settlement, and other factors.
If you have suffered an injury because of a medical professional’s negligence, you should speak with an attorney. You may have a good medical malpractice case. If you’re in the Houston area, call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to schedule a free consultation on your case.