Need Legal Help? Call 215.925.4451

How much time does a patient have to sue a Pennsylvania hospital ER for medical malpractice?

Phil Blackman-Pennsylvania New Jersey Personal Injury LawyerPublished on behalf of Philip Blackman, an experienced personal injury lawyer who has devoted his entire career to helping individuals and families who have been injured due to medical malpractice, car accidents, fall accidents and more. FREE Consultations: 215.925.4451

A: The answer depends on when the patient discovered that the hospital or emergency room committed negligence. Under Pennsylvania medical malpractice law, a patient who brings a claim beyond the usual two year window, may be able to use a special rule to stall the statute of limitations. Known as the “discovery rule,” this special rule stalls the statute until the date the patient should have reasonably uncovered the negligence. So, it is possible that hospital/ER medical negligence and malpractice cases in Pennsylvania can be brought outside of the usual two year window.

Click here to access our free legal article which discusses the statute of limitations in a Pennsylvania hospital and ER malpractice case.

In many situations of hospital and emergency room negligence, the patient does not discover the negligence immediately. It may be years or at least many months before a patient can make the connection between their current symptoms or diagnosis and the hospital’s negligence.

Many times, a hospital/emergency room may be negligent in situations involving:

  • orthopedic surgeries,
  • implants and medical devices,
  • radiology and diagnostic test errors and misreads,
  • pharmacy errors,
  • birth injuries,
  • and more

Statute of limitation questions are very complex and any potential hospital or medical malpractice case should be reviewed by a knowledgeable Pennsylvania hospital and emergency room  malpractice lawyer immediately.

More from our Pennsylvania Hospital/ER and Medical Malpractice Law Library:

Pennsylvania Hospital & Emergency Room Malpractice Lawyers

For more information, contact our Pennsylvania & New Jersey hospital emergency room lawyers at 215.925.4451. For nearly 30 years, our law firm has been seeking justice for patients and their families across the Pennsylvania and New Jersey areas. Our lawyers are available for a free, no obligation legal consultation.

*This website does not provide legal advice. Every case is unique and it is important to get a qualified, expert legal opinion prior to making any decisions about your case. See the full disclaimer at the bottom of this page.

Published: September 19, 2012

Medical malpractice Law Library

Pennsylvania & New Jersey Hospital Emergency Room Malpractice – Pharmacy Errors

Under Pennsylvania and New Jersey law, hospitals can be held liable for their own actions and failures to act in a case of medical negligence. Even where a pharmacist commits the actual negligence which results in the injury, the hospital may bear liability....

Pharmacy Errors in a Pennsylvania Hospital Medical Malpractice Case

Pharmacy errors are often deadly, and most victims of pharmacy error or their families will never discover the error. This is due in large part to the fact that underlying diseases and illnesses are often believed to be the cause of symptoms or death. The reality is...

Philadelphia Emergency Room Mistakes – Too Common and Not Always Revealed

Medical malpractice in emergency rooms, hospitals, and doctors' offices happens every day. No one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. A great piece of advice for young lawyers who are just starting out - it's a given that you're going to make mistakes; it's what you...

HB 2299 Would Harm Pennsylvania’s Most Vulnerable Citizens

Right now, House Bill 2299 is being considered in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. If passed, it would change the rights of people who receive substandard medical care in hospital emergency rooms or clinics in Pennsylvania. One of the reasons cited for...

Common Emergency Room Mistakes in a Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Emergency room errors are very common and often result in death or worsened outcomes. The main reason emergency room errors are common is the nature of the emergency room, a high volume, fast-paced environment, coupled with lack of training, inadequate staffing, etc....

FREE CONSULTATIONS

    Spam:  

    *No attorney-client relationship is created by use of this email form. Do not email confidential or time-sensitive information. Call the firm for immediate assistance.

    OUR OFFICES

    Pennsylvania Office
    The Pavilion
    261 Old York Rd., Suite 504
    Jenkintown, PA 19046
    Tel: (215) 925-4451
    Fax: (215) 574-1200

    New Jersey Office
    1415 Route 70 East
    Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
    Tel: (856) 427-0614
    Fax: (856) 424-3690