How long does a patient have to file a medical malpractice suit?

Hopefully most people in Pittsburgh will not be affected by medical malpractice. But when it does occur patients should know they have legal rights. These rights including holding the medical professional accountable for their negligence including a misdiagnosis or the failure to diagnose a medical condition. So how long does a patient have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in PA?

In Pennsylvania a patient has 2 years to bring a medical malpractice case. The two years is from when the injury is discovered or when the injury should have been discovered. A minor who has been injured has until 2 years after he turns 18 to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

No one expects to be unexpectedly injured by a medical professional but it unfortunately happens every day across the United States. Babies are injured during birth causing what was supposed to be a joyous occasion into a stressful and heartbreaking occasion. Surgical accidents happen where instruments are left inside patients, colons and bowels are unexpectedly lacerated, along with many other situations. A patient can be told they have cancer when they don’t or the cancer can be missed completely.

It is important for patients to know that they have legal rights when they have been wronged by the medical community. Patients can file a lawsuit against these medical providers and may receive compensation for unexpected medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages. It is important to hold these medical providers accountable for their actions so that they don’t harm anyone else.

Source:, “Time Limits to Bring a Case: The ‘Statute of Limitations’,” accessed on Sept. 1, 2015