Can I file a medical malpractice lawsuit any time after I have been harmed?
No. In every state there are time limits by which you have to file your lawsuit. Many states, including DC, Maryland and Virginia, have other requirements that must be met before the lawsuit can be filed. In Virginia there are certain requirements regarding expert reports that must be accomplished before the lawsuit can be served.
It is very important that you find an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to represent you and that after an initial phone interview, if the case seems like it might have merit, I will meet with you or speak with you at length by phone if it is hard to meet in person under the circumstances. I do make house calls or come to the hospital when necessary. My team then gathers all of the evidence we need to have experts review the care in question to obtain answers. In some instances, we will want to put the hospital or doctor on notice to preserve certain evidence such as videotapes of procedures or paper sign in sheets that might otherwise not be saved.