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Posted on January 22, 2015 by

Are There Time Limits when Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim?

Perhaps you’ve had a recent medical procedure done and the outcome is much different from what you were told it would be. You could be having more pain, or you could have started having other types of problems, and you’re sure your doctor did something wrong. In the back of your mind, you’re thinking about filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, but you’re not sure if that’s the course of action you should take.

If these thoughts sound familiar to you, you’re not alone. Many people have felt the same way, and they put off filing medical malpractice lawsuits. Unfortunately, some of them waited until it was too late. While every state has different laws, for most of them, the statute of limitations with regard to malpractice lawsuits is two years. If you wait past that two-year mark, you run the risk of being unable to sue at all.

Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. The laws are different when it comes to suing on the behalf of a minor, or when a medical problem occurs because of a procedure that took place a long time ago.

The best way to find out if you have a medical malpractice case is to contact your St. Louis medical malpractice attorney. Your attorney will have a great deal of experience in this field, and you’ll get the legal advice you need to know how to proceed.