There are deadlines for starting lawsuits against doctors, nurses, hospitals and other health practitioners. These are called “limitation periods”. Determining the limitation date for commencing a lawsuit can be somewhat complex depending on the specific circumstances of the case. Generally, the limitation period for starting a lawsuit against hospitals and nurses is two years from the date of occurrence, if it occurred after January 1, 2004. If it occurred before January 1, 2004 the limitation period to start a lawsuit against a doctor could be one year. There are exceptions to the general rule (children or persons with mental disabilities) and in some instances, the Courts have interpreted the time frame differently.
Because the investigation of your case can take some time, you should not wait until the last minute to decide to speak to a lawyer.