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How much time do I have to file a medical malpractice case lawsuit?

The rules that answer this question are called “Statutes of Limitations.” These rules provide that if you don’t file a lawsuit within the time allotted, you can never file a lawsuit. Each state has its own Statutes of Limitations. In addition, you may have a claim pursuant to a law of the United States which may contain its own unique statute of limitations. In Pennsylvania, a lawsuit to recover damages caused by medical malpractice must be filed within two years. In general, the two-year period begins to run on the date the injury was sustained.
There is an exception to the general rule, and it is called the discovery rule, which applies where the existence of an injury is not known to the injured person. In such cases, the two-year period begins to run once the injured person has knowledge or through the exercise of reasonable diligence should have knowledge of his/her injury and the cause of his/her injury. However, the injured person does not need to know that his/her injury was caused by wrongful conduct. There are particular rules for a case involving wrongful death from medical malpractice.For free information about the statute of limitations in your case, contact the Pennsylvania injury attorneys of Berger & Lagnese.

Contact the Skilled Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Berger & Lagnese, LLC in Pittsburgh, PA

If you or a loved one has experienced an injury or ailment as a result of negligent medical care you need reliable legal representation.  The Pennsylvania Attorneys at Berger & Lagnese, LLC have represented a plethora of medical malpractice cases, such as surgical and medication errors. If you have suffered an injury from medical malpractice at St. Clair Hospital, UPMC Mercy or any hospital in the Pittsburgh, PA area, contact Berger & Lagnese for a free consultation about your case. Our Office is located at 310 Grant St #720, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. We can be contacted via either online contact form or by phone at 412-471-4300.

 

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