In the following lines, we will talk about a meaning of the phrase "medical statute of limitations", and for those who do not know what this phrase means, it is associated with the time span between the beginnings of the injury to the point until a lawsuit can be brought up. First we will see what the statute of limitations is, and then we will focus on medical malpractice
Statute of Limitations
The period of time during which you can have legal proceedings associated with the injury you have sustained is called statute of limitations, and it is a legislative act. There may be some differences in seriousness and between the regions in this act, which means that every state in America has a different statute of limitations. So we have example on which serious offenses are not a part of this time period, while those that are not considered serious offenses are. You can be disregarded if you have participated in a sexual assault, but you will fall into the time spam if you have been associated with robbery.
When medical professional has shown negligence that could have led to health impairment and maybe death, this is termed medical malpractice. This can be associated with the purpose and criminal activity, but it can also be connected with misdiagnoses. Surgery mistakes, sexual abuse, birth injuries and anesthesia errors are some of the examples. Malpractice is something that 25% of doctors in America come across during a career.
Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations
As we have said, this is a time frame from the point when a person suffers and injury until the point he or she can bring up a lawsuit for malpractice. Patient can thus sue a doctor for malpractice until this time runs out. Every state has different medical statute of limitations, but it generally involves time frame of6 months to a year. We have the time frame of three years in Washington and time frame of two years in Virginia, for example. When this time frame passes, law cannot be brought up for malpractice. But if injuries are discovered later, there is a chance of making an exception. For this newly discovered injury, time frame will start from the point of the finding. If a minor is suing for malpractice, he or she can make a court appearance only when a person is adult, so the case is delayed until this happens. If the time frame has passed, doctor can dismiss the case of malpractice. Delay of the malpractice cases is something this system tries to avoid.