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How long will a legal malpractice claim take?

On Behalf of | Nov 29, 2021 | Legal Malpractice |

When you realize that your attorney has done something to harm your case and that you may not be able to get the compensation you need as a result of their actions, it’s reasonable to start a legal malpractice claim against them. A legal malpractice claim may help you get the compensation that you need from the attorney who is responsible for damages.

Legal malpractice cases may rise if you cannot make a claim because the attorney filed the incorrect documents or missed important deadlines. If their actions were below the standard expected in the industry, then you may have a claim as well.

Legal malpractice cases are complex

Legal malpractice cases may have many different issues to discuss, such as the attorney’s actions, the damages you suffered and any other factors involved in the case. How complex the case is will certainly have an impact on how long it takes to resolve your claim.

Usually, when a legal malpractice claim is made, the attorney in question will review the claim and consider if a settlement is reasonable. Attorneys usually have insurance to help with these kinds of claims, so they may have their own attorney to help protect them.

If there was clear malpractice, then the attorney or their attorney may reach out to yours and state that they’d like to settle. Your attorney will help you decide if you want to go that route or take the case to trial.

It will take longer to take your case to trial. While an initial settlement may be offered in days or weeks after your claim, litigating usually lengthens the process. You may be involved in interactions for the next year or two to finally get the case resolved, especially if you have to have a court rule on it.

To reduce the time it takes to resolve your malpractice case, the best things you can do include building a strong case with solid evidence, working with someone who is familiar with your state laws and knowing when to accept a settlement versus going to court. Every claim is different, but yours can be resolved with the right approach.