What Is the Statute of Limitations on an Ohio Medical Malpractice Claim

by | February 13th, 2015

Doctors and medical professionals in the state of Ohio are legally and ethically bound to protect the health and safety of their patients. Any failure to do so can result in an Ohio medical malpractice claim being filed against the parties who are allegedly liable; however, many citizens find themselves asking, “How long do I have to file an Ohio medical malpractice lawsuit?”

Our attorneys at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy explain that the law in our state outlines the timeframe in which a medical malpractice claim must be made. These rules are known as statutes of limitations.

The statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in Ohio is one year. It’s important to note when that one year period begins though. The countdown can start from the date the malpractice occurred or the last day you see the doctor who wrongfully treated your condition. The “Discovery Rule” also allows the statute of limitations to begin the date you realize you have suffered an injury due to your doctor’s negligence.

Our Cleveland personal injury lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy say this is why it’s so important to begin the process of filing your claim as soon as possible, and to talk to a lawyer about your situation. If you have questions regarding your case, be sure to speak with a qualified legal representative immediately to help ensure you have all the information you need to successfully file your claim.