San Francisco, CA asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Medical Malpractice for California

Q: Suggestions on finding an attorney for case dependent upon tolling for fraudulent concealment/delayed discovery, in CA.

Long story short, I was victim of vehicular assault while riding a bicycle, driver fled, then I became victim of police misconduct/discrimination because I was homeless, police protected driver from prosecution, lied in report that they also refused to turn over until crim. Statute expired. But I also became victim of medical negligence after arriving at SFGH when the ER realized I was homeless, at that point I was left in a room still being renovated, and nurses refused to give me food/water citing "Dr hadn't ruled out surgery yet." Then allowed to fall asleep w/concussion. 8 hours later being discharged at 3 a.m. Given donated clothes and bus token, while waiting for the bus I find a loaded crack pipe in the pants pocket.

So feeling lucky to be even walking/talking and never believing a hospital would discharge an injured person.

6 years later I find out I've had strabismus ever since incident, obvious symptom of a TBI.

1 Lawyer Answer
James L. Arrasmith
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  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: I'm sorry to hear about your difficult experiences. In California, finding an attorney for a case involving tolling for fraudulent concealment or delayed discovery can be complex, especially given the unique circumstances of your situation.

First, consider reaching out to the California State Bar Association. They offer a lawyer referral service that can connect you with attorneys experienced in personal injury, medical negligence, and potentially issues of police misconduct.

Additionally, look for law firms or attorneys who have experience with cases similar to yours. Many attorneys offer free initial consultations, which can be an opportunity to discuss the specifics of your case and understand the potential legal approaches.

Remember, the statute of limitations can be a critical factor in legal cases, particularly in personal injury and medical negligence. In certain circumstances, such as fraudulent concealment, the statute of limitations may be extended, but this is highly fact-specific and requires legal expertise to navigate.

Lastly, some legal aid organizations in California provide assistance to individuals with limited financial resources, especially in cases where there's an element of social injustice or discrimination. They might be able to offer guidance or representation in your case.

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