I read a very interesting article in the New York Times regarding medical malpractice. The writer, David Leonhardt, said, "The current system appears to treat actual malpractice too lightly. Trials may get a lot of attention, but they are the exception. Far more common are errors that never lead to any action." I could not agree more with Mr. Leonhardt. I've been practicing law for over 25 years and in that time, I have tried many medical malpractice cases; intensely scrutinizing the medical profession and it's practices. I know that there are many more situations of malpractice than are ever brought to justice in a courtroom.
Thousands of people die each year from easily preventable medical errors, making medical malpractice the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. All it takes is for a physician to do something he or she should not have done, or fail to do something that should have been done or even fail to diagnose a deadly condition. Medical malpractice laws protect a patient's right to request compensation if they are injured.
We place our lives in the hands of our doctors. But when doctor negligence happens, we need to place our trust in the hands of an experienced medical malpractice attorney. It's important to keep in mind that the statute of limitations for medical malpractice in California requires that a lawsuit must commence within three (3) years of the date of injury or one (1) year after you reasonably should have discovered the injury, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST. With that said, there are several exceptions to this general rule that a knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer should be able to clarify for you.