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California attorney guides patients in medical malpractice claims

There are many factors to consider before pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit in California. In a recent post, this blog reported on the documentation that may be important to help a claimant prove his or her case. If a doctor prescribed a dangerous combination of prescriptions or made a dosage mistake, it is imperative to have records to document this in court.

In addition to having the proper documentation to pursue a medical malpractice claim, the timing of when an injury occurred must be considered. If too much time has passed, the court may not allow a person to file a lawsuit, even if he or she suffered serious injuries.

California has a statute of limitations that limits when a medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed. A patient must file a lawsuit within three years from the date his or her injury occurred, or one year from the date he or she knew about the injury. The law requires that the patient file the suit by whichever of these dates is the earliest.

Our law firm understands there are many questions regarding the statute of limitations to file a potential medical malpractice claim as well as other questions concerning the details of the situation. When an injury occurred or when a person knew about it may not be clear. Our attorneys are knowledgeable about laws concerning malpractice, and have helped past clients navigate their claims and timely file an action.

In some cases, it may be possible to obtain an extension to file a claim. Steven I. Kastner has experience helping clients decipher the sometimes confusing statute of limitations requirements for medical malpractice causes of action. For additional information on questions you may have, please visit our Medical Malpractice FAQ page. This general information could provide useful knowledge to those injured or harmed by the malpractice of a medical professional.

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