Strict Standards May Not Be Enough To Deter Medical Malpractice
Medical professionals are required to meet strict standards in order to work as a licensed professional in the state. In California, these standards are particularly strict, and doctors must meet them in order to practice medicine. Still, doctors are human, and sometimes they make mistakes. When this is the case, patients can get very hurt and when they do, they are entitled to claim compensation for their injuries. It is crucial that anyone who is harmed by the negligent acts of a medical professional speaks to a skilled medical malpractice lawyer for help with their case. At Willoughby Law Firm, Inc., attorney Markus Willoughby is highly skilled in the technical process of successfully proving a medical malpractice case.
Proving Medical Malpractice Requires More Than Demonstrating You Are Suffering
Stating that a doctor or health care professional harmed you is not enough to prove medical malpractice. You must prove certain elements of your claim, such as:
- There was a doctor-patient relationship
- The doctor or health care professional violated that standard of care by acting negligently
- The negligent act caused the patient to suffer harm
- The patient’s harm resulted in real damages
It is important to understand that an unfavorable result is not enough to constitute medical malpractice. In order for medical malpractice to have occurred, a health care professional must have exhibited negligence and that must have caused the patient harm. If you are not sure if you are a victim of malpractice, call Markus Willoughby at 415-870-2778 for a free case evaluation.
Statute Of Limitations In Medical Malpractice Claims
Like all states, California has a statute of limitations on filing a lawsuit for medical malpractice. This is the time limit accident victims have to file their claims. In California, this time limit is three years from the date of the injury. If an injury is not discovered right away, the statute of limitations is three years from the date the injury is discovered. When lawsuits are filed after this time, victims are barred from receiving any compensation. This is because the insurance companies and the courts will throw out the case any time it exceeds the statute of limitations.
There are other exceptions to the statute of limitations rule. For example, if a child under the age of six is injured due to medical malpractice, the statute of limitations is three years from the date the injury occurred or before the child turns eight. Due to the many exceptions involved with the statute of limitations, it is advised that anyone who is hurt by medical malpractice speaks to an experienced medical practice lawyer for help with their claim.
We Are Here To Help
If you or someone you love has been injured by medical negligence, it is important that you speak to a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. At Willoughby Law Firm, Inc., we have the necessary experience to file these extremely complex claims to help you secure you the full amount of compensation you deserve. When you need legal help with your medical malpractice claim, call 415-870-2778 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation and to learn more about how we can help with your claim. Do not go through this alone. We are here to help.