San Francisco Medical Malpractice Lawyer

What to Do If You Were Injured By Your Doctor

California Medical Malpractice Lawyer

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 injury lawyer.

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.

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