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What should I do if harmed by a medical error?

Statistics show that medical mistakes occur at an alarming rate, often with catastrophic results. This may be as the result of surgical error, an anesthesia error, or when an error occurs during the labor and delivery process, and causes a birth injury.

The family members of a patient harmed by medical negligence may be left wondering just what happened and what steps to take next. While each situation may differ, a few general guidelines exist. Contacting an experienced medical malpractice lawyer when you first suspect negligence may have occurred is critical.

The first step is to gather evidence concerning the hospital/doctor. The includes ordering all medical records, as well as surgical notes. What the records and notes reveal about the care a patient received, including any complications experienced and how the medical team resolved (or failed to resolve) those issues, is a main component of the case.

It is important to act quickly if you believe negligence occurred. A statute of limitations exists for all causes of action which means that you have a certain amount of time within which to file a claim. Once that time has passed, you may no longer be able to file a claim. The length of time depends on a variety of issues such as the age of the potential plaintiff, and the type of facility where the incident occurred.

Consulting with a knowledgeable California birth injury attorney is important to ensure you have protected your rights. For more information please contact the dedicated California birth injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson LLP for an immediate consultation.
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