Nursing Home Abuse Settlement Timeline
Are you wondering how long your case will take to settle? Watch this video about the nursing home abuse settlement timeline in Florida to find out.
How long will a nursing home abuse case take?
Clients always come into initial meetings in nursing home abuse cases wanting to know how long their case is going to take. No lawyer can tell you if they’re going to be able to settle your case quickly or not, at least not a responsible lawyer. The average complex personal injury case in the state of Florida takes between three and three-and-a-half years from the time the lawsuit is filed. There has to be an investigation period before filing a lawsuit.
Our law firm, because of our experience level, has success in settling cases early because most of the adjusters in the field know us. However, if they don’t come to the table with what we and the client think is a reasonable amount of money, the case is not going to settle and we’re going to take it to trial. To bring a complex case to trial takes time. In the nursing home field, there’s a lengthy pre-suit process which prevents us from even going into court until certain things are done. We have to gather all medical records, hire experts, and then analyze the case.
In the nursing home arena, we have to start the pre-suit process by giving the defense, meaning the nursing home, an outline of everything that we think was done wrong in the case, which we typically don’t do until we’ve interviewed our experts. We then lay that out for the nursing home, and they’re given a 75-day investigation period before we’re even allowed to file a lawsuit. We can’t start that period until all the records have been gathered and analyzed.
Once that period concludes, there’s an imperative time in which we have to file a lawsuit, and the defense has the right to ask for a mediation, which can again delay the lawsuit. Once it goes into a lawsuit, the lawsuit takes a long period of time because nursing home cases are typically considered complex. The recommended standards for personal injury cases in the state of Florida are that judges should strive to conclude cases within 18 months of filing, but those time standards recognize that complex cases can take longer. The current statistics are that nursing home cases average state-wide three to three-and-a-half years. Our goal is to move every case as quickly as we can, but we can never guarantee that any individual case is going to move within any given specific time frame.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured due to nursing home negligence and have questions about how long a nursing home abuse case will take?
Contact our experienced Jacksonville nursing home abuse lawyers at Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. today for a free no obligation consultation and case evaluation.
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