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​Medical Malpractice Deadline (Statute of Limitations) Questionnaire


See the Questionnaire on this Page Below the Explanation.

For centuries, English-speaking countries, including the United States, have established firm and sometimes arbitrary deadlines for filing lawsuits, including criminal cases.  This is known as the statute of limitations.

The actual deadlines are established by state legislatures, usually, and thus do vary from state-to-state.  While statutes of limitations can be arbitrary and very harsh in specific cases, they have historically been seen as necessary in order to ensure that cases are brought "promptly" and before evidence, memories, etc., have faded.  Moreover, the law has long felt that potential defendants should, at some point, rest assured that they are no longer at risk of being sued.

Thus, statutes of limitations are seen by American judges and lawyers as a feature, not a bug, of Anglo-American law. They enforce them.

The California statute of limitations on medical malpractice cases can be particularly extraordinarily complex and involves considerations that most attorneys never deal with; therefore, the advice of non-specialist attorneys can frequently be based on a more general understanding of statutes of limitation in general or otherwise wrong. Because of this, it has long been understood that the medical malpractice statute of limitations is particularly difficult to apply.

This questionnaire attempts to ask the questions necessary for us to make our best judgment as to whether your case is time-barred or not. Please try to answer the questions precisely as they are written, even if the question seems unfair or not applicable to your case. At the conclusion of our questionnaire, we do allow for you to provide us with additional information so that we can fully evaluate the question of the deadline with a full understanding of your position.

Legal Stuff We Are Required to Tell You: Your filling out this form does not make the Law Offices of Howard A. Kapp your lawyers or responsible for any deadlines.  Mr. Kapp is only responsible if he tells you that he has accepted your case, supplied you with a retainer contract and you have signed and returned it.

We try to respond to these types of inquiries within 1 or 2 business days.  If you believe that you need faster service, please call our office at (213) 927-8000 during regular office hours.

We are sorry that this form contains so many questions, but medical malpractice cases tend to be far more involved than other personal injury cases.  So please help us help you!

Please note that we cannot take cases outside of California, except on referral from another lawyer.