Are Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Just for the Young?

When a doctor is negligent and commits malpractice, the victim is certainly not always young. Mistakes occur on elderly patients too. However, that is not the issue. The issue is whether the elderly person may file a medical malpractice lawsuit if he or she believes that malpractice has
occurred.

The short answer is yes. The law does not define a certain age where one is too old to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Pennsylvania medical malpractice law applies to everyone from birth through death.

However, the reality of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit may be different for an older person than for a younger person. Damages may be limited for older patients because they have a shorter life expectancy than younger people and likely do not have the same earning capacity as younger
people. Thus, the cost of filing a lawsuit may exceed the potential recovery in some cases.

In the end, each case is unique and it is important to consult with an experienced Pennsylvania
medical malpractice lawyer
, regardless of your age, if you are considering filing a medical  malpractice claim.