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Is falsification of medical records by doctor/hospital a crime?

Pleasanton, CA |

Also, I am looking for a lawyer, San Francisco Bay area, who can represent me in a lawsuit against my doctor for falsifying me medical records and I want to file charges, if it is a crime. I am able to prove that my records were changed. If I sue on my own, which law covers this and should it be filed in State Court?

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  1. There are a number of crimes that could apply where the evidence established that a physician purposely falsified medical records with a specific prohibited intent. For most potentially applicable criminal charges the elements of purposefulness and intent are critical to establish criminal culpability, but I can think of some potential crimes that could rest on recklessness in preparing medical records. But you cannot file charges for any of these crimes. Only the prosecutor can file criminal charges.You can only cause your evidence to be submitted to the prosecutor for consideration of criminal charges.

    You can potentially base a civil suit on false or erroneous medical records if you can show that you were damaged by the false records.The showing of causality as to your damages can be expected to be a challenging evidentiary burden.

    There is no question but that you will need skilled and specialized counsel to successfully sue on such allegations. Check here on Avvo for attorneys who practice medical malpractice or professional liability law in the Bay area. You should seek a no-cost consultation and find an attorney that will agree to represent you on this matter on a contingency basis where the attorney gets paid only at the end of the lawsuit and only if it is successful. A lawsuit on such facts would be prohibitively expensive on any other fee basis. Expect this case to be vigorously defended and to take a few years to resolve if it survives the defendant hospital's procedural objections. If you cannot find an attorney to take it on contingency,understand that to constitute an informed consensus determination that the lawsuit is unlikely to succeed and cannot be justified by the considerable costs of maintaining the suit.

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