Accidents can change your life and the affects of medical malpractice can be catastrophic. As the victim of misconduct, negligence or malpractice from a medical provider, you have the right to seek justice for the harm you have experienced. However, it is important that you do so during the valid legal time frame.
The statute of limitations
The statute of limitations is the time frame in which you can seek legal action. This applies to car accidents, slip and falls and even medical malpractice lawsuits. However, the time frame is different for each state and for every type of claim.
Pennsylvania section 5524 discusses the medical malpractice statute of limitations. The statute extends for two years after the discovery of or when the patient should have discovered medical malpractice. This is the “Discovery Rule” and is important because the effects of medical malpractice do not always show up until years after the incident.
Compensation for your damages
The purpose of a medical malpractice lawsuit is not only justice for harm done to you, but also to seek compensation for the damages that you have suffered. These are generally two different types: compensatory and non-economic.
Compensatory damages are the tangible costs of the medical malpractice to you. This can include medical expenses that you have had and will have and long-term care needs related to the malpractice. Medical malpractice can also affect your ability to work, so you may be able to recover compensation for lost wages and lost ability to hold a higher-earning job.
Non-economic damages account for the impact of medical malpractice that is not monetary. This can include pain, suffering, loss of ability to enjoy life, disfigurement, loss of relationships.
Medical malpractice can be life-changing, both for you and your loved ones. If you suspect medical malpractice has been at play in your life, consult legal representation to learn more about seeking compensation.