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How time constraints can affect medical malpractice suits

Everyone talks about how time goes so quickly. This couldn’t be more true, especially when a person is dealing with a medical issue for themselves or a loved one. It can feel like the days, hours and minutes slip by very quickly, especially when a person is focused on improving their own or a loved one’s health. However, it is important not to let too much time go by without action when a person believes that they or a loved one was injured by a medical malpractice incident.

There are many ways a person could be injured by their medical professional or institution. While this isn’t exactly a comforting thought, it’s good to be aware of this fact nonetheless. Time restraints exist in cases of medical malpractice and they are known as the statute of limitations. These time constraints are determined by the state of Pennsylvania and limit the amount of time in which a person is legally able to file suit against negligent parties when injured by a medical malpractice incident.

Essentially what this means is a person shouldn’t wait too long before making the decision to press charges in a personal injury suit. These lawsuits can help to remedy the financial and life-altering losses that can befall a person due to a negligent medical decision. While not all injuries or illnesses can be fully remedied, a medical professional is held to a certain standard of care. Failure to meet that standard could mean serious injury or even death to the patient.

Time windows for those injured in a medical incident are often shorter than the windows for those injured in other personal injury incidents, such as car accidents or work accidents. Hence, the ‘wait and see’ approach may not be the best approach if you or a loved one has found themselves unnecessarily injured after medical care. There are several reasons why an injured person may want to seek reparation after injury.

Source: FindLaw, “Time Limit Considerations in Medical malpractice Claims,” Accessed August 7, 2017