If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of a medical professional, you should certainly seek the help of an attorney as soon as possible. The help of an attorney may be critical, because medical malpractice cases are complex. Even something that seems simple, such as determining when the deadline for filing the medical malpractice case is, can trip you up if you try to figure things out on your own.
One reason that determining the deadline can be difficult is that some cases must comply with the statutes of limitations of the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), while others need only to comply with the statute of limitations established by a state.
You may have a case that, to your surprise, falls under the FTCA.
You may be surprised, because you may have gone into a local clinic for care and you may not instinctively think that the doctor or nurse who works there is considered a federal employee. But, many local clinics and free clinics are considered federal employees, and their employees are also considered federal employees. This “federal employee” designation really affects where, how, and–perhaps most significant–when you must file your medical malpractice case.
Fortunately, there are ways you can try to find out if your healthcare provider is a federal employee:
- Call the facility and ask directly.
- Check the facility’s website.
- Call 1-877-974-2742 and ask whether the healthcare center is covered by the FTCA.
- Search the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Data Warehouse using the healthcare facility name, state, or zip code.
If you have been the victim of medical negligence, I realize you may have questions or concerns about your situation. If you have not yet started a lawsuit, call me. I can answer your legal questions and would love to talk with you. You can reach me at 410-513-9978 or by email at email@example.com.