My doctor told us everything was fine. Three years later, I believe my doctor committed malpractice. What should I do?


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A: In this scenario, there is a statute of limitations issue which must be reviewed immediately. In general, the statute of limitations in a medical malpractice case is 2 years from the date of the injury or occurrence. However, many patients are unable to uncover the act of negligence and so the statute of limitations may be tolled, depending on the facts and circumstances.

Under Pennsylvania law, the statute of limitations may be tolled when a doctor reassures a patient that a given symptom, diagnosis or treatment is appropriate or fine. It is natural for patients to believe their doctors. The important issue is whether the patient was unable to uncover the negligence and why. It is crucial to speak to a medical malpractice lawyer immediately to discuss the statute of limitations issue.

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Published: July 9, 2012