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

If you or a loved one sustained a serious injury as a result of medical malpractice, you likely have many challenges to confront. Aside from physical pain, concerning health conditions and mental trauma, many victims also suffer from a financial point of view. From losing your job to hospital bills, the financial toll of medical malpractice can create many problems.

Many victims decide to take action by filing a medical malpractice claim. However, you need to realize that there are time limits in place that could affect your ability to file a claim.

The statute of limitations for medical malpractice

According to the New York State Unified Court System, a statute of limitations law applies to victims of medical malpractice and determines how long they have to file a claim. If you experience medical malpractice, you have 2.5 years from the day which malpractice occurred to file suit. Moreover, if you sustained an injury or illness as a result of ongoing treatment, you have 2.5 years from the date on which the ongoing treatment ended to take action.

Medical malpractice, foreign objects and legal action

Sometimes, medical malpractice is not evident right away. For example, some people discover a foreign object in their body at a later point. Foreign objects left behind after an operation can cause high levels of pain and other consequences. The New York State Senate reports that victims have one year after discovering a foreign object in their body to take action.

If medical malpractice has turned your life upside down, do not wait to explore your options and hold a negligent medical professional answerable.