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The Average Length of a Podiatric Malpractice Case

When should I expect my podiatric malpractice case to be complete?

Our feet are some of the most important organs of the body.  We rely on our feet to carry us from place to place and for all types of mobile activities.  When we run into a foot-related issue, we may need the care and treatment of a podiatrist. Podiatrists specialize in the health of the feet, but at times their care may fall below the level expected of the profession. If you have been misdiagnosed or suffered a botched foot surgery, you may have a podiatric malpractice case.  As you explore the issue of podiatric malpractice, you will likely have many questions. One of the first of them may be, how long should I expect my podiatric malpractice case to take?

Factors that Influence the Length of a Malpractice Case

The average length of a medical malpractice case varies widely by jurisdiction and the individual factors surrounding the case. It is not uncommon for a podiatric malpractice case to take at least a year from start to finish to complete. In the New York City region, most malpractice cases will take two to four years, from beginning to end. At times, a case could manage to conclude in just a few months, while other times a complex case might take years to come to a close.  Below is a review of some of the most important factors that will influence the length of your case:


Many podiatric malpractice cases will ultimately end with a settlement.  If you and the other party can settle, this might save you several months or years spent litigating the matter.  Taking a malpractice case to trial is generally time-consuming, so those who want the case complete earlier may wish to seriously consider reaching a settlement.  

The Evidence 

Every podiatric malpractice case will involve evidence, but the amount of evidence will influence the length of the case.  A complicated case may involve substantial evidence, including significant medical records. A simpler matter may include less evidence which can be quickly processed.  

Your Jurisdiction 

The court docket in your area will influence the length of your case.  A busy docket or judge could require that you wait longer to go to trial.  On the other hand, a small courthouse with fewer current cases could usher you more quickly through the process.  Ask your malpractice attorney for a better idea of how long your podiatric malpractice case will likely take, as he or she will know the specifics of your case and region.

About the Author
Of all the different areas in medical malpractice, it is podiatry malpractice that has had a particular interest to me. With 42 years practicing law and representing hundreds of victims of malpractice, I have created a law practice in which my clients are comfortable knowing that their case is being handled with my personal attention, in the most professional manner, and without unreasonable delays.