Medical Malpractice Dictionary: Statute of limitations
Statute of limitations: Length of time after which lawsuit cannot be filed such as in medical malpractice.
Statute of limitations: Many areas of law do not permit lawsuits or compensation after a certain time period has expired. This time period is called the "statute of limitations" for a legal issue. The length of statute of limitations varies widely and depends on the legal issue, including the area of medical malpractice (or other type of law such as personal injury or wrongful death), and also on the state or country of jurisdiction. Under some laws, the clock on the statute of limitations does not start until certain events, such as the discovery of the injury rather than the event causing it, so it is important to seek legal advice to determine the extent of any statute of limitations issues. Consult an attorney or professional legal adviser for details about statute of limitations or other lawsuit issues.
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