4 Medical Malpractice FAQs

Medical malpractice is one of our nation’s most discussed issues, and for good reason. The American Association for Justice reports that preventable medical errors are the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.


Estimates place the number of instances of medical negligence at about 15 million each year. As you can imagine, this leads to a large amount of medical malpractice litigation. According to Diederich Healthcare, there were more than 12,100 payouts for medical malpractice last year.

Although medical malpractice is a very common type of personal injury suit, there are many misconceptions about it. If you are a victim of medical malpractice, you might feel overwhelmed by the prospect of holding a doctor or a hospital responsible for their error. At Grimmett Law Firm, PLLC, we have represented more than 1,000 clients from the Nashville area; we understand what it takes to prove medical malpractice.

If you are considering filing a medical malpractice suit, we urge you to contact us to set up a free consultation. We will discuss your situation and help you determine if a lawsuit is the right step to take. To set up a consultation, Call Us At 1-877-900-4878 Today!

1. How Long Can I Wait Before Filing A Medical Malpractice Claim?

Each state has its own statute of limitations that determines how long a person has to file a claim. In Tennessee, patients can file a claim only within one year after they discover the injury. Furthermore, the suit can only be filed within three years of the actual procedure or appointment that led to the injury. There are, however, some exceptions to this rule.

For instance, any malpractice that involves fraud or an attempt to conceal the negligence may be subject to lengthened time frames.

2. What Constitutes Malpractice?

Many people mistakenly think that medical malpractice law only covers surgical errors, but there are many types of medical negligence that can lead to a malpractice claim. These include:

  • Not consulting patient history
  • Discharging a patient prematurely
  • Ordering inessential surgery
  • Issuing the wrong type of medication
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Failure to advise of possible complications

Each of these can lead to an injury. If you are not sure whether your situation falls under malpractice, an attorney can help you decide.

3. Why Should I Contact A Personal-Injury Attorney?

Medical-malpractice claims are extremely complex because they often involve very complicated medical procedures that require expert testimony. Tennessee’s Comptroller of the Treasury recently released a study that showed how much time medical malpractice claims require. The study indicates that these claims account for less than 1 percent of total court filings in the state, but they take up almost 4 percent of the average judge’s time.

To make sure that your case is well organized and executed correctly, it is imperative that you hire an attorney. At Grimmett Law Firm, PLLC, we are dedicated to helping victims find justice in civil court. To discuss your case, Call Us At 1-877-900-4878 Today!