Maryland Malpractice Lawyers: Time is Not on Your Side – Maryland Statute of Limitations for Medical MalpracticeJanuary 30, 2012
Medical malpractice – also called medical negligence– means a doctor or healthcare provider caused injury to a patient by failing to act in accordance with the accepted standard of care. This could mean not catching symptoms – failure to diagnose – leading to harm or death. Or, it could mean failure to act reasonably, meaning incorrect treatment, no treatment, mistakes in treatment, or similar errors.
In the United States, nearly 98,000 people die each year due to complications from medical malpractice and negligence. Medical malpractice is the eighth leading cause of death in our country.
If you believe you have been the victim of malpractice, you must act quickly. Medical malpractice claims have a statute of limitations, meaning that you only have a limited time in which you can sue. After that period passes, you generally will be unable to file a claim. These statutes of limitations vary from state to state.
What is the statute of limitations for malpractice in Maryland?
In Maryland, the statute of limitations is five years from the occurrence of malpractice or three years from the date the injury was discovered – whichever is shorter. However, do keep in mind that there are exceptions to every rule, so even if you have passed the statute of limitations, you should consult a qualified Maryland malpractice lawyer to find out if you still have a case.
Medical malpractice can leave you with harmful aftereffects lasting the rest of your life – through no fault of your own. Make sure you are compensated fairly for your injuries. Contact our experienced Maryland malpractice lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. today. Let us know how we can fight for you and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.