San Francisco Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Get a Former Malpractice Defense Attorney On Your Side

Medical malpractice cases can be some of the most challenging types of personal injury cases. In addition to understanding medical information, attorneys must prove that the health care professional acted negligently. A mistake is not necessarily negligence, nor is a bad outcome. It requires significant knowledge and skill to prove doctor negligence and to fight the enormous resources of hospitals and malpractice insurance lawyers.

We know how difficult this time may be, especially if you or a loved one is suffering a life-altering injury. Walker, Hamilton, Koenig & Burbidge has had proven success in medical malpractice cases. Attorney Tim Hamilton has over 30 years of experience with malpractice claims as a former defense attorney who represented doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice cases. Today, he uses this experience to represent injured patients and their families. Let us review your case today and help you determine if you have a claim.

What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice can occur in many ways and may be committed by surgeons, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, therapists, anesthesiologists, or any other type of health care professional In addition, the clinic or hospital can be held liable for negligence in hiring, supervising or credentialing a medical professional that caused injury.

The following are examples of medical malpractice:

These types of malpractice can result in traumatic brain injuries, infection, loss of limb, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, paraplegia and quadriplegia, or wrongful death. When a medical professional's negligent actions directly lead to a preventable injury or illness, they may be held liable.

Special Considerations of Medical Malpractice

Because of the time and resources involved in medical malpractice claims, we are very selective with the cases we take on. We can review your claim during a consultation to determine whether the health care provider practiced a lower-than-acceptable standard of care that resulted in serious injury or wrongful death.

If we accept your case, we will utilize top medical experts to review medical records and provide testimony. We also work with life-care planners and economists to calculate past and future damages. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, long-term care and rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and related expenses.

How do I know if I have a real claim?

A medical malpractice suit can be a lengthy process and requires thorough evidence. A doctor who simply made a general mistake usually cannot be held liable through a lawsuit. You must be able to prove that your injury was the result of negligence on the part of medical staff. Typically, this is the hardest part of a malpractice case. For this reason, you will need at least one expert witness to explain how medical personnel violated the standard of care and caused your life-altering injury.

Proving this negligence is key. Examples may include:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Wrongly prescribed treatment
  • Poorly administered treatment
  • Incorrect surgical procedures
  • Lack of proper credentials

Walker, Hamilton, Koenig & Burbidge is here to help you move forward from your injury. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.