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Time limits apply to medical malpractice cases


Pittsburgh residents enjoy a great quality of life and wonderful medical care. Most medical providers provide expert care to their patients and are able to solve their medical concerns. But occasionally a patient suffers from a doctor mistake and medical malpractice is brought into question.

Medical malpractice can happen in a number of different ways. Surgical errors can occur in even the most basic surgery. Doctors can write prescriptions for the wrong prescription or they can fail to detect cancer, heart disease, a stroke or other serious conditions. A medical provider may not properly monitor their patient causing even more harm and even death. The loss of a loved one because of medical malpractice can affect a family forever.

When a family is facing a potential medical malpractice situation they should be aware that there are time limits in bringing the medical malpractice suit in Pennsylvania. The statute of limitations is two years from when the injury occurred or when the patient discovered the harm that was done. The "discovery of harm" applies to many medical malpractice cases. For example, if a surgeon leaves a sponge inside of a patient and it is not discovered until years later the date may be from when the sponge was discovered.

A legal provider skilled in medical malpractice can help a family who is facing a medical malpractice situation. They can review the medical records and investigate what happened to cause the injury. They can help a family file a medical malpractice claim. Compensation may be available for unexpected medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Source: Findlaw, "Time limits to bring a case: The "statute of limitations"," accessed on June 30, 2015

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