A medical negligence claims compensation case can take from six months months to two years. Pharmacy negligence claims tend to settle in around four months. Timelines depend on if the claim is contested (liability denied) and how complex your claim is. A case can only be settled when your medical outcome is known so the future care requirements can be accurately calculated.
An expert medical negligence solicitor firm will have the ability to process your medical negligence claim quickly. They should, like the Medical Negligence Team, have the in-house expertise to send a letter of claim to the negligent party asking them to admit they were negligent as soon as your medical records are received.
If a medical negligence case is not contested, it can be sorted quickly, often between six and twelve months as long as your medical condition is stable and your future condition and prognosis is known.
If liability cannot be agreed or your medical negligence solicitor thinks the negligent party is under-valuing your claim then your solicitor will issue court proceedings which can take up to two years if the case goes to trial.
Less than 0.5% of medical negligence cases go the full distance to trial. Around 75% of cases where proceedings are issued result in compensation being received so issuing proceedings is not a bad thing. It is sometimes a necessary step to make sure the other side knows that you are serious and that you are prepared to hold out for a full and fair valuation of your claim.
The fact that injured parties win three out of four cases where proceedings is a very positive statistic if court proceedings do need to be issued.