How Long Do You Have To Sue?
There can be many reasons that you might not want to sue for a medical injury right away. Maybe you didn’t realize right away that you had been injured, or the extent of the injury. Maybe you were reluctant, as many are, to sue a doctor with whom you have a relationship. Maybe you didn’t realize that negligence was the cause of your injury until later. Whatever the reason for the delay, many patients end up wondering if it’s too late to file a lawsuit once it becomes clear that medical negligence may be the reason for their injuries.
The Clock Is Ticking
You have two and a half years to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice from the date of the negligent act. Unfortunately, this means that if you discovered the negligence that led to your injury three years after it happened, it would be too late for you to file a lawsuit.
Lawmakers have proposed changing the medical malpractice statute of limitations to 2.5 years from the date of discovery, instead of the date of negligence, but the proposal has failed for two years in a row.
The Importance Of Taking Immediate Action
Because the window of opportunity for filing a lawsuit is relatively brief, it’s vitally important to talk to a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible once you begin to suspect that you may have been injured through the negligence of a medical provider. Our attorneys at Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, can evaluate your situation and determine if you might have a case. If you do, we will get to work immediately to conduct a full investigation and protect your rights.