If you’ve suffered injuries in a hospital due to healthcare provider negligence, you may want to file a medical malpractice claim. One of the initial concerns you may have is how long you have to sue the hospital for negligence. You have limited time to act as set out in the Illinois statute of limitations.
Unfortunately, several Americans believe they have suffered from medical negligence at some point, but only one to three percent of those cases make it to the courtroom. This is partly because the victims are often unaware of their time constraints.
At Malman Law, we recognize the importance of acting swiftly to protect your rights and ensure you don’t miss out on the potential compensation you deserve. Our legal team can provide guidance and support to help you confidently navigate the legal process.
Understanding the timeframes of filing a medical malpractice claim in Illinois is paramount when seeking justice for healthcare negligence. The Illinois statute of limitations sets the boundaries on the period you can initiate a lawsuit.
We advise victims not to underestimate this time frame. Two years can pass swiftly, especially when dealing with injuries and the issues of legal claims. Therefore, prompt action is advisable if you suspect you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice.
To make proper use of your time window, begin to create a paper trail to gather evidence immediately. This includes retaining forms from your doctor’s appointments and compiling all communication, including emails. Keep all medical receipts as they help establish the doctor-patient relationship and, most importantly, create a timeline of events.
If you don’t file the lawsuit within the two years, it may result in forfeiting your case, with only a few exceptions. Seek legal advice from an attorney quickly to help you observe important timelines.
The discovery rule in medical malpractice cases applies when the negligence isn’t immediately apparent and couldn’t reasonably be uncovered within two years of occurrence. Under this rule, individuals can file a lawsuit within six months from the moment they discover the malpractice.
Nevertheless, the statute of repose in Illinois sets a stringent limitation on medical malpractice claims. It allows such claims to be filed within four years from the date of the medical error, regardless of when it was discovered. This ensures a degree of closure in medical malpractice cases and prevents claims from being filed many years after the fact.
There are exceptions to the statute of limitations for hospital negligence that provide specific circumstances where the time limits can be extended. Here are a few exceptions for filing hospital negligence lawsuits:
The above exceptions are specific to the circumstances of each case and require evaluation by an attorney to ascertain their relevance.
While contacting a hospital negligence attorney is a critical step in seeking justice, it’s essential to reach out to an attorney early in advance within the statute of limitations period. Early action can significantly affect the outcome of your hospital negligence claim.
The legal and medical analyses required for your case can be time-consuming. This means waiting until the limitations period is about to expire may not provide your attorney with sufficient time to review and prepare your case thoroughly.
Moreover, some people cite emotional instability for failing to file a case well in advance. While this is understandable, it does not exempt one from the statute of limitations. Therefore, you should consult a medical malpractice attorney promptly after suspecting hospital negligence to ensure you have enough time to build a strong case and protect your legal rights.
Timely filing of a hospital negligence claim is crucial for successful claims and securing damages. Our firm has represented numerous victims of hospital negligence and has won substantial settlements.
A lawyer from our team is ready to assist you in filing your claim within the required time frames to ensure you maximize your potential for compensation. Your recovery after suffering injuries due to hospital negligence depends on your prompt action today. Reach out to us today for the proper guidance and support in your claim for justice.
Malman Law’s founder Attorney Steven Malman has over 30 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, truck accidents, car accidents, premises liability, construction, and workers’ compensation cases in Chicago, IL.
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