Medical Malpractice: What You Need to Know:
Medical malpractice claims must generally be filed within two years from the date of the malpractice. If you did not know of the medical malpractice, you may have two years when you first knew of the medical malpractice. If the malpractice was to a minor, the time limits are longer, up to eight years. These short time periods to file a medical malpractice claim make it important to act immediately and not wait.
To file a claim for medical malpractice, a physician must certify that malpractice occurred. A physician can only certify medical malpractice until after he has reviewed all of the medical records involved. Obtaining all of the medical records itself is a time consuming and sometimes difficult process. It can also be an expensive process. The records may point to more than one possible defendant. In this case, a claim must be filed against each possible defendant. The physician reviewing the records for malpractice will charge for his time and want to be paid prior to reviewing the records.
The injuries from a medical malpractice claim are almost always permanent. Furthermore, the full extent of the injuries are usually not known until long after the malpractice. The treatment for the injuries from medical malpractice are also on-going and long lasting.
The evidence needed for a successful medical malpractice case is time sensitive. The full extent of the injuries sustained as the result of medical malpractice may not be fully known until years later. It is crucial that the evidence of medical malpractice be established and preserved immediately to protect your claim. Call us today to learn how you should move forward to file your claim for medical malpractice. We can be reached at (312) 372-0300. Your personal and private consultation is free.