San Francisco Medical Malpractice Lawyer
What to Do If You Were Injured By Your Doctor
As a patient, you have certain rights. You have the right to expect reasonably
diligent medical care from your doctor, as well as any other medical professionals
who assist in your diagnosis and/or treatment. If your doctor fails to
provide an acceptable standard of medical care, and you are injured as
a result, you also have the right to seek damages through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
If you are a victim of medical negligence,
call us today for a free consultation.
The Basics of a Medical Malpractice Case
In most cases, an unfavorable result will not be enough to prove that your
doctor was negligent. In fact, the law is very specific about what is
required to bring a medical malpractice claim.
The four basic elements of a medical malpractice claim include:
- A doctor-patient relationship was established
- Your doctor failed to provide an acceptable standard of care
- Your doctor’s negligence resulted in injury or harm
- Your injuries have resulted in specific damages
Statute of Limitations for Medical Negligence Claims
If you have been injured by the careless, negligent or insufficient actions
of a healthcare professional in San Francisco, it is important to understand
that you have a limited amount of time to file a claim. While the statute
of limitations for
personal injury is generally two years in the state of California, claims involving medical
negligence are subjected to different time limitations.
According to the California Code of Civil Procedure § 340.5, a medical
malpractice claim must be brought within one year from the date that you
discovered your injury. Although certain exceptions may apply, you will
be strictly prohibited from taking legal action after three years. For
this reason, you should waste no time in discussing your case with a personal
Contact Scarlett Law Group for a Free Case Review
Are you interested in seeking financial compensation for the harm that
you have suffered at the hands of your doctor? If so, we encourage you
to get in touch with the San Francisco medical malpractice attorneys at
Scarlett Law Group for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Call our office today at (415) 688-2176 to learn more about your rights.