What is the Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Claims in Florida?

What is the Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Claims in Florida?

Posted By Maher Law Firm || 2-Aug-2017

As a patient, you have the right to expect that your medical care will be safe, well informed, and adequate care will be taken to protect you. If you are injured by your medical care provider through negligence, however, you should have the right to receive compensation for your injuries. A medical malpractice claim can hold those responsible for your injuries accountable, and provide you with financial help to offset your medical expenses, lost income, and other damages.

Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Claims in Florida

In Florida, there is a law that limits the amount of time you have to file a medical malpractice claim. Known as the “statute of limitations,” this law restricts your ability to receive compensation for your claim after the deadline has passed. Because there are special requirements you must meet before you can file a claim, it can be easy to miss these deadlines and lose your chances of recovering damages.

According to the Florida statute of limitations, you have2 years from the date you discovered you were injured, but no more than 4 years from the date the malpractice occurred, to file a medical malpractice claim. Even if you could not possibly have discovered you were injured until more than 4 years later, you still cannot file a claim after this time.

There are a few exceptions, however, which may provide some relief. In cases where your medical practitioner fraudulently concealed your injury, such as actively deceiving you to hide the malpractice, you may file a claim within 2 years of the discovery of your injury, but no more than 7 years from when the malpractice occurred. The statute of limitations does not apply if the victim is a minor and the case is started before their eighth birthday.

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