Everyone makes mistakes. But when doctors or other medical professionals do something wrong, the outcome can be tragic.
Attorneys at Coast Law Group LLP take tremendous pride in helping San Diego malpractice victims and their families achieve justice. These can be highly technical cases presenting a variety of legal hurdles not encountered in a typical negligence action. It’s thus critical to retain experienced legal help as soon as possible.
Proving Medical Malpractice Cases
While medical malpractice can occur in a wide variety of circumstances, typical cases include failure to diagnose an injury or disease, misdiagnosis, surgical errors and prescription mistakes. In addition to proving that a health care provider made an error, it must be proven that the error actually caused harm. If, for example, a doctor misdiagnoses a patient, but shortly thereafter another doctor renders the correct diagnosis, it may be difficult to prove the first doctor’s error caused any harm.
Our San Diego medical malpractice lawyers begin the process of building a case by securing the facts from our clients and reviewing their medical records. An independent expert review is often needed to determine the nature and consequences of any errors. Given the considerable resources necessary to effectively prove a malpractice case, it is imperative to contact an attorney without delay if medical negligence is suspected.
Statute Of Limitations On Medical Malpractice In California
The applicable statute of limitations, or time limit for filing a lawsuit, is often very short in medical malpractice cases. In California, the deadline to initiate a legal claim against a public hospital can be as short as six months from the date of the malpractice or just one year for claims against a private doctor or facility. You need an experienced lawyer to analyze the facts of your case to determine the deadline that applies. In most cases, a letter advising of your intent to file a lawsuit may extend the statute of limitations for an additional 90 days. These are complex issues that should be addressed immediately by a skilled lawyer.
When you’ve suffered from medical malpractice it’s critical for you to have experienced attorneys on your side. Get hold of us today at 760-670-4554 to get the process started.