If you think that you or someone you loved was harmed by medical malpractice,
talking with an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer is important.
It is important for an experienced attorney to a review of the facts as
soon as possible to help determine whether negligence was a factor in
the harm suffered by a patient.
This determination can be complicated. Several competing factors must be
evaluated and balanced before determining whether a claim should be filed.
One of the first steps prior to filing a lawsuit is determining whether
medical malpractice occurred is obtaining medical records.
This means not only gathering records that a client might think are relevant
but obtaining all medical records from each health care provider who has
rendered care to a patient. This can include slides, films, x-rays, MRIs
and any other medical document that may reference a potential client’s
treatment. The records are obtained by filing a written request with the
medical department of each medical facility or office that has provided
treatment to the patient.
Was There Malpractice?
After all of the records have been collected, the next step is to have
the records reviewed by an expert to determine whether the health care
professionals involved may have deviated from the standard of care. Sometimes
a bad result occurs but this is an accepted risk of a particular procedure
and not the result of a negligence. Remember, not all negative outcomes
constitute medical malpractice.
It is also important to determine whether the potential deviation in care
caused the potential client’s harm. If the outcome had been the
same even if the doctor had not made the mistake, it may be hard to show
For more information or if you believe that you may have been harmed by
medical negligence, please contact the top
San Francisco medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.