It can be hard to determine when the statute of limitations begins if a doctor commits malpractice over a long period of time.
When you are dealing with a car wreck, it is easy to know when the statute of limitations begins to run – the date of the wreck. However, in the context of medical negligence, sometimes it is hard to know when the statute of limitations begins to run. Suppose you go to the doctor for a number of years and each time, he misses a cancer diagnosis, or suppose your mother is in a nursing home and the doctors and staff neglect her for many months? In these cases, the safest thing to do is to file suit within two years of the first mistake, but if that is not possible, courts have held that the statute of limitations is kept open until a reasonable time after the last date of treatment.
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