There are legal remedies available when a medical professional commits malpractice.
However, you cannot wait too long to file a malpractice suit or your case may be barred by the statute of limitations.
Statute of Limitations Defined
In order to determine how long you have to file a malpractice suit, you must first understand the term “statute of limitations.”
A statute of limitations is a law that limits the amount of time that someone has to file a case.
If you are considering suing someone for medical malpractice, you must act quickly before your statute of limitations passes.
General Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations
The length of time you have to file a medical malpractice case varies depending on your specific circumstances.
Generally, for an adult, the statute of limitations in Maryland for medical malpractice requires a case to be filed within three (3) years from when the Plaintiff reasonably should have discovered the injury, or five (5) years from the date of the injury, whichever is earlier.
Exception for Minors
Generally, depending on the date of the malpractice, a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of a minor must be filed within three years of the minor’s 18th birthday.
What Happens If You Miss the Statute of Limitations?
If you attempt to file a medical malpractice case beyond the applicable statute of limitations, you will likely have no recourse for your injury.
For this reason, you should not wait until the last minute to speak with an experienced lawyer about your case.
Contact Our Experienced Lawyers Before Your Window to Sue Expires
It is extremely important that you speak with an experienced lawyer immediately if you or a loved one has been injured by medical malpractice.
At Baird Mandalas Brockstedt & Federico, LLC, we bring our wealth of experience and decades of courtroom knowledge to each case.
Contact us today so we can help you achieve the justice you deserve.