I hope this message finds you well, present circumstances excluded. I am a licensed attorney with over a decade of litigation
experience. It is a pleasure to assist you.
As you likely know, the win a tort lawsuit, or civil suit, based on medical malpractice, you have to prove that the entity acted outside of the applicable standard of care. This means you have to show they have a duty, breached that duty, the breach caused injury and you must show the injury.
Based on what you have shared with me, you can likely meet your burden in proving your case against the VA. Normally, a medical malpractice suit can last between 2 and 5 years against a private party hospital. Because you are dealing with a federal entity in the VA that is sued all the time, you may have to wait 6 or 7 years before the item is actually complete.
The reason is that unlike private business that must pay hourly attorneys, the VA employees
attorneys on salary that can slow play the case and not cost the VA any more money in the process.
It is actually quite devious when you consider the reason you have VA benefits in the first place.
So, it is hard for me to state unequivocally how long it will take but based on your facts. But, your time is not unusual at the moment.