What is the statute of limitation for a class action suit against the state of California??

I have recently been butchered by a famous reconstructive doctor in Beverly Hills. As I researched the web, turns out there are at least a dozen victims who he's botched. Many have posted a compaint against him with the California medical board. He is an alcoholic addict with two wrongful deaths yet, he's continued to practice. We are thinking about suing the State of California for allowing him to keep practicing despite all the filled complaints. I would also like to know if I can sue him directly even though I signed lots of papers before my surgery -before entering the OR. I am well within the 1 year statute. Please help! This man keeps butchering patients. People keep going to him because of his PR, marketing and because he is on the show Dr. 90210. Justice has to be made. THANK YOU!

Los Angeles, CA -

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Richard F Hamlin

Richard F Hamlin

Real Estate Attorney - Los Angeles, CA

The statute of limitations for medical malpractice is three years from injury or one year from discovery (or when the plaintiff, exercising reasonable diligence, should have discovered the injury). Code of Civil Procedure, Sec. 340.5.

I am unaware of any separate statute of limitations for a class action. It depends on the basis of the claim.

A class action requires common questions of fact. Off hand, I doubt that medical malpractice case would satisfy that requirement. Talk with a med-mal specialist (not us).

Pamela Koslyn

Pamela Koslyn

Business Attorney - Los Angeles, CA

The State of CA would not be liable for "negligent licensing," as there is no such claim. Depending on what waivers and releases you signed, you may still be able to sue the doctor.

Disclaimer: Please note that this answer does not constitute legal advice, and should not be relied on, since each state has different laws, each situation is fact specific, and it is impossible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the facts and documents at issue. This answer does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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