Being injured at the hands of medical professionals is a devastating experience. You place your trust and even your life in the hands of doctors and nurses in the hope that they will care for you to the best of their ability. Many do just that, but unfortunately it is not always the case. To make things worse, when a medical professional fails in his or her duty, it is usually you, the patient, that suffers for it.
In a previous article we discussed the potential liability of various individuals and organizations in a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, if you wish to commence legal proceedings, it is important to be aware of the statute of limitations. This statute is a time limit, outside of which you may lose the right to make a claim, no matter how strong your case may be.
These statutes are explained in greater detail here, but a key point to remember is that they can vary from state to state. It is also helpful to note that beliefs regarding when the statute starts to run can also vary between courts. For example, this may be when the injury occurred, when treatment ceased, or when the patient became aware of the injury.
As with any such matter, an attorney could be very helpful. He or she can inform you of the legislation of your home state and ensure that you keep within the relevant deadlines. Furthermore, with the right support and guidance at this difficult time you may increase your chances of securing the justice and compensation you deserve.