Q What is the time frame that an adult can initiate a lawsuit?

A Every state has a law that specifically addresses the time frame of filing a lawsuit against a healthcare professional. Because this question specifically asks about an adult initiating a lawsuit, the answer is found in the “statute of limitations.” In other words, a law or “statute” that the state legislature has passed gives the same time frame or “limitation” to everyone in that state. Consequently, no one individual is discriminated against based on the time for filing.

The statute of limitations is of utmost importance because lawsuits will be dismissed if they are filed beyond the statute. The statute is there for a specific reason. If there is no statute, the plaintiff and defendant and any other parties to the lawsuit would find it difficult to discover facts and have witnesses to support their side of...

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