How Long Do You Have to File a Birth Injury Lawsuit?
Although many birth injuries are immediately obvious, some aren’t. In fact, some birth injuries may take days, weeks, or months to become apparent. And even then, some pediatricians may not realize that they are due to carelessness before, during, or immediately after birth. That can leave parents in difficult situations, as they may be paying out of pocket for expenses they should never have to bear.
In Virginia, parents have two years to file birth injury lawsuits against the doctor or hospitals whose negligence caused them or their children harm. However, because birth injuries may take time to show up or be diagnosed, parents can often still file birth injury lawsuits after the statute of limitations expires. This is called the discovery rule, and it grants access to the legal system to people who otherwise would be shut out because of timing that’s out of their control.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we want all families affected by birth injuries to know that it’s vital to get an experienced law firm’s assessment of their case regardless of when it happened—especially if it was only recently diagnosed. Both the two years statute of limitations and the discovery rule make it possible for many families affected by negligence to pursue the compensation they’re owed.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Virginia birth injury lawyers for a free consultation if you believe you or your child were harmed by a negligent doctor, nurse, midwife, or medical facility. We’re here to help you get the money you’re owed.