For medical malpractice claims based on negligent failure to diagnosis tumor or cancer, the 2 year statute of limitations is extended for one year from when the cancer is communicated, but can never be extended more than 10 years. (Va. Code 8.01-243) A statute of limitations is the period during which one can bring a legal claim in a court of law. The statute of limitations begins to “accrue” or run when a specified action occurs, here when the existence of a tumor or cancer is communicated. When you are trying to recover for medical malpractice in a civil lawsuit attention to the details of civil procedure is critically important to the fate of your overall claim. Contact our firm today to find a medical malpractice lawyer in Virginia who will help guide you through the process of receiving legal damages for the pain and suffering caused by a doctor’s failure to diagnose a tumor.