How Could A Statute Of Limitation Affect My Medical Malpractice Case?


My name is Mike Shevlin. I’m a partner at Shevlin Smith where we represent victims of negligence and claims of medical malpractice, and personal injury lawsuits.

An important concept to consider in pursuing a case are deadlines filing a lawsuit. These deadlines are known as statutes of limitations. Unfortunately, statutes of limitations will vary, state to state, and even within a state depending upon specific facts. As a general matter, Virginia has a two-year statute of limitations. The District of Columbia has a three-year statute of limitations.

There are exceptions to the general statute of limitations period. These exceptions apply to cases involving minors, cases involving governmental agencies, cases involving fraud, and sometimes involving cases where foreign objects are left in a patient’s body. Whether these exceptions apply to your case is very fact-specific. It’s therefore important for any attorney to, in order to properly advise you as to what the deadline for your case is, know what the specific facts of your case are.

At Shevlin Smith, we have experience handling medical malpractice cases and personal injury cases in Virginia and the District of Columbia. We know what the statutes of limitations are for your specific case and whether or not exceptions might apply. Give us a call, so we can help you.

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