Ohio civil courts enforce one of the shortest statutes of limitations for medical malpractice claims in the nation. With very strict exceptions, a person who suspects that a mistake by a health care provider caused significant harm has just one year to take legal action. The clock starts ticking on the day the incident occurred or become known.
To understand how the medical malpractice statute applies, consider the following scenarios:
Obviously, it is imperative to contact a caring and dedicated Columbus, Ohio, medical malpractice lawyer as soon as a problem related to a misdiagnosis, improperly prepared or administered medication, botched surgery, or hospital-acquired infection becomes evident.
The Ohio statute that defines when, how, and who a person or estate executor can sue for medical malpractice stipulates just two possibilities for extending the one-year statute of limitations:
One reason to work closely with a knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer from the very start of thinking about filing a claim against a physician, surgeon, registered nurse, pharmacist, clinic, medical practice, hospital, or nursing home facility is to determine when the statute of limitation clock began ticking. In some cases, this fact itself can be the subject of a court case.
You can arrange a free consultation with a medical malpractice attorney in Columbus by contacting Agee Clymer Mitchell and Portman online. You can also speak with us by phone by calling (800) 678-3318. Time is of the essence, so do not wait to start the process on holding a negligent or reckless health care provider to account.