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Medical malpractice claims should be brought within two years although there may be factors that could shorten or lengthen the amount of time you have to take legal action. Many cases involve more than one doctor, and often involve doctors from Bristol, Tennessee or other states. This can cause your limitations to be even shorter. Medical malpractice cases usually involve a serious permanent disability due to medical negligence, a wrongful death, or a financial loss due to repair of medical negligence damage. In order to help your attorney determine your loss, it is important to have copies of your medical records. You will usually have a set from the hospital and the physicianís private office. Further, if a wrongful death is involved, you will need an Estate Qualification Certification from the court, a copy of the autopsy report (if one exists), and a copy of the death certificate. If the decedent was a wage-earner, copies of his/her employment records would also be helpful.

Medical records do cost money, so be prepared to pay for them. It is best to show up at the providerís office and ask for them. Then, tell the clerk that you will wait for your records.

Statute of Limitations

Please note that the time to bring a case in Virginia for medical malpractice is two years, although there may be factors that could shorten or lengthen the amount of time you have to take legal action. Many cases involve more than one doctor, and often involve doctors from Bristol, Tennessee or other states. This can cause your limitations to be even shorter.

 

Contingency Plans

We do offer a contingency plan for medical malpractice and personal injury cases. This means we only get paid for our services if you receive a monetary award for your case.

 

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