The statute of limitations is the length of time you have to file a medical malpractice suit after an injury occurs as a result of medical malpractice. This varies from state to state. If you believe you suffered an injury from medical malpractice in Maryland, you must file a claim within five years from the date the injury was caused, or within three years from when a reasonable person would have discovered their injury, whichever happens first.
The statute of limitations for medical malpractice in Maryland is different for minors. For a minor the statutute of limitations begins to run on their 18th birthday. Therefore a minor who is injured must file thjeir claim by their 21st birthday.
The statute of limitations is also different in a death case. A wrongful death case must be filed within three years of the date of death.
While three or five years from the date of a medical malpractice injury may seem like plenty of time, the best time to contact a medical malpractice lawyer in Baltimore is as soon as possible. There is no recourse if you miss your opportunity to file a suit.