Medical Malpractice Lawsuit FAQs (Pt. 2)
August 13, 2014
Picking up from where we left off in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit FAQs (Pt. 1), below are some more answers to commonly asked questions about malpractice and medical negligence cases.
Q: How long do I have to file a malpractice case?
A: In Oregon, the statute of limitations for filing malpractice cases is two years. In other words, people with malpractice claims (i.e., injured patients) will have two years from the date on which they discovered they were injured to file a malpractice lawsuit against the negligent parties responsible for causing their injuries. In Washington, the statute of limitations for filing malpractice cases is three years.
This means that, if people wait too long and try to file claims after the state of limitations has expired for their case, they can lose their claims to compensation. Therefore, it’s critical that people consult with the Portland malpractice lawyers at the Savage Law Firm as soon as possible when they suspect they’ve been injured by any type of medical negligence.
Q: How long will it take to resolve a medical malpractice lawsuit?
A: In short, it depends. Every malpractice case is different, and the details of a particular case will play a role in determining how long it takes to bring a specific case to a successful resolution.
In general, however, people initiating malpractice cases should know that:
- These cases can be complicated, especially when hospitals are named as defendants (and insurance companies get involved).
- They should not expect a quick resolution to these cases.
- The more desperate they are to settle their case, the more likely it may be that their compensation is affected (as defendants will try to low-ball settlement offers when they suspect people are desperate to resolve these cases).
Q: How much is my medical malpractice lawsuit worth?
A: Again, it depends. The fact is that the value of a malpractice case will vary, based on the details of the case. Specifically, some of the factors that can impact how much a case is worth (and, consequently, the amount of compensation a person may be entitled to) include (but are not limited to):
- The types of injuries a person suffered
- Whether these injuries have led to life-threatening complications and/or permanent impairments
- Whether hospitals, clinics or other medical facilities also may have contributed to the negligence that injured a person.
If you believe that you have a malpractice claim and would like some specific info regarding the value of your case, contact the Portland malpractice attorneys at the Savage Law Firm for a free, no obligations professional case assessment.
For some more answers to frequently asked questions about malpractice lawsuits, don’t miss the upcoming conclusion to this blog.
Portland Malpractice Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm
If you have been injured as a result of any type of medical negligence, you can trust the Portland malpractice attorneys at the Savage Law Firm to help you obtain the compensation you likely deserve. Our lawyers have more than 30 years of experience successfully fighting for malpractice survivors’ rights and helping them hold negligent medical professionals accountable.
We have the experience, knowledge, skills and resources necessary to helping you build the strongest possible malpractice case and obtain the highest possible settlement.
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