how long does it take to settle a malpractice case its been 6 years for my family now and is it to late to consult another attorney.
2 Answers from Attorneys
Each case has different circumstances so I cannot answer the first question, although I know of cases in Cook County that have taken that long.
You have the right to discharge your attorney at any time. The problem is that your present attorney will have to be paid an hourly rate and after 6 years that may be cost prohibitive.
You have a right to change attorneys at any time for any reason. But it is highly inadvisable.
There are no formulas and there are no time limits. The best place to inquire about your case and the reason it has taken 6 years and may take even longer is to ask your attorneys about the reason. Write down your questions and ask for a face to face meeting with the attorney who is in charge of your case. Ask your questions and ask followup questions and keep asking until you are satisfied with the reasons and you have a clear understanding of where your case is.
Lack of proper communication is the single most reason of disagreements between clients and their attorneys.
I hope this helps-