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Can you run out of time to file a medical malpractice suit?

No one wants to be involved in a lawsuit. Whether you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, work accident or while under the care of a medical provider, no one wants that kind of trouble. However, the law is kind of like insurance; you hope you will never need it, but it’s there just in case. The law can help bring justice to an injured party in the form of a lawsuit

The majority of those who come in contact with medical care have a positive and drama-free experience. However, for a select few, their medical care, whether that is a surgery, misdiagnosis or any other type of negligent medical care, leaves them in worse health than when they started. These type of injuries are what is known as medical malpractice injuries, in which the doctor, medical provider or related third-party can be held accountable for their negligent actions. Not all situations are congruent with medical malpractice, but, for most injuries, it’s definitely worth looking into.

The thing is, there is a time constraint on most medical-related injuries. These time constraints are called statutes of limitations, and they limit how long an injured party has to file suit. If a person fails to bring their suit within the time constraints, the suit likely will never be able to proceed, unless there are unusual circumstances. Time constraints in medical malpractice suits vary by location and circumstance.

Trying to determine if you or a loved one was the victim of a medical malpractice incident is sometimes clear as day, while other times, it can take some investigation to come to this conclusion. A lawsuit will need to be filed to seek compensation for your injuries. A person’s health is one of the most precious and sought-after assets to have. If a medical provider, doctor or other related party has interfered with the goal of health, they can be held accountable.

Source: FindLaw, “Time Limit Considerations in Medical malpractice Claims,” Accessed September 4, 2017