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How long do you have to file a medical malpractice claim?

On Behalf of | Sep 8, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

When people in New Jersey need medical treatment for injuries or illnesses, they expect that they will receive the care that they need. However, there are times when mistakes are made during their care in hospitals and they suffer additional complications as a result. Sometimes these additional complications can create more serious problems than the one they originally needed to treat.

This can be very frustrating and costly. Not only are people left dealing with physical injuries, but they may also incur more medical expenses. They may need more surgeries and rehabilitation, which can become very expensive. People can be left with both physical and financial hardships as a result of medical professionals’ negligence.

Statute of limitations for medical malpractice

People in this position may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the negligent medical professionals at fault, but they will need to act fairly quickly. Generally, the lawsuit needs to be filed within two years of the malpractice occurring. However, if the injuries were birth injuries, the minor or their guardians need to start the malpractice lawsuit by the child’s 13th birthday.

Medical malpractice lawsuits can provide compensation for the medical bills that people incur in addition to other damages they may suffer. These types of damages can include lost income, pain and suffering and other damages as well.

Obviously, an injured person’s first focus is on their health in these situations. However, if an injured patient know mistakes were made or at least suspect mistakes were made by medical professionals they need to act quickly. Medical malpractice cases can be very complicated and proving negligence in them is not always as easy as proving negligence in other types of personal injury cases. Experienced attorneys understand medical malpractice cases and consulting with one could be beneficial.