In Alabama, all types of health care providers can be held liable for medical negligence. Health care providers include, but are not limited to, doctors, nurses, counselors, psychologists, hospitals, and any other medical group or organization. If you believe that you have been the victim of medical negligence, an Alabama attorney can assist you in determining if the negligent person or entity is considered a health care provider and thus subject to a suit for medical negligence.
Alabama Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations
If you believe that you have been injured as a result of medical negligence, you should contact an Alabama attorney right away. Claims for medical malpractice must be filed within a certain period of time after the date of the injury, a time period known as the statute of limitations. Failure to file a medical malpractice action within the statute of limitations will result in your claim being barred. The statutes of limitations for filing a medical malpractice claim in Alabama are as follows:
- If the action is on behalf of a minor over four years of age, a claim must be filed within four years of the injury;
- If the action is on behalf of a minor under four years of age, the claim must be filed before the minor’s eighth birthday;
- If the action is being filed by, or on behalf of, an adult, the claim must be filed within two years of the injury; or
- If the injury was not immediately discovered, the claim must be filed within six months of the date the injury should have been, or was, discovered.
Caps on Medical Malpractice Claims in Alabama
Recoverable damages are not limited to any maximum caps in Alabama courts. An Alabama attorney will help you determine the value of your case.