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In Alabama, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases is two years. That means you have two years from the date of the mistake to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in the state of Alabama. If you could not have reasonably known about the doctor's mistake within two years (for example, if you unknowingly had a surgical instrument left inside you), then you have six months following the discovery to file a lawsuit.
If that statute of limitations has passed, unfortunately, you would not be successful bringing a claim - and in fact, it would be a waste of your time and money to try to file, because the defendant would immediately seek dismissal on the basis of the statute of limitations having run out, and the case would be thrown out by the court.
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