Medical Malpractice Lawyers in California
California Medical Malpractice Lawyer: Free Consultation
Medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer. But death isn’t the only result of medical negligence (also known as medical malpractice). Significant permanent injuries, major permanent injuries, quadriplegic, and brain damage and other injuries that require long-term care can also occur as a result of medical malpractice. Such injuries are mentally, emotionally, physically and financially devastating. The best recourse you have is to exercise your legal rights. Discuss your case with an experienced California medical malpractice lawyer at 1-800-THE-LAW2. You could get significant financial compensation to help pay for ongoing medical treatment, income loss and more.
4 Reasons to Get a California Medical Malpractice Lawyer
- You could get significant financial compensation for your injuries, including compensation for medical bills, current and future income loss, rehabilitation, disability, and pain and suffering.
- A lawyer can help get to the truth of what happened to you, by examining medical records and interviewing key witnesses.
- Hospitals and doctors have lawyers – so should you.
- Either you get paid, or you don’t pay at all.
Types of California Medical Malpractice
California medical malpractice cases rank the third highest in terms of payouts, with averages in the $500k range for cases associated with errors, and $300k for cases not associated with errors, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Of all the medical malpractice cases in the U.S., 11 percent were against California doctors, 4 percent against California nurses, and 20 percent of cases against dentists were against dentists California.
Although only a California medical malpractice lawyer can tell you whether or not you have a case, but it helps to understand how medical malpractice is determined and what types of cases are common.
Legally, medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider, such as a hospital, doctor, medical device manufacturer or pharmaceutical company, are negligent in providing a recognized standard of care in the treatment of a patient or patients. This can occur through an act (e.g., misdiagnosing a health condition and, subsequently, prescribing the wrong treatment), or through the omission of an act (e.g. failing to diagnose a serious health condition and, subsequently, failing to treat a patient).
Hospital Negligence – Hospitals are 24-hour organizations, with a number of medical staff, including doctors, nurses, technicians, interns, residents and administrative personnel, working at any given time. A hospital is legally obligated to take all the necessary precautions to ensure patient safety and prevent medical negligence and medical error. If a hospital employee is incompetent or negligent in the treatment of a patient, the hospital could be held responsible for that employee’s negligence.
Doctor Negligence – It’s estimated that 15,000 to 18,000 lawsuits are brought against doctors every year. Some of the most frequent claims include: administering the wrong type of medication or the wrong dosage, making a mistake during surgery, incorrectly interpreting test and lab results, failing to order necessary tests, and making the wrong diagnosis and providing inappropriate treatment.
Nurse Negligence – Nurses are responsible for a number of duties, such as monitoring patients, starting IVs, administering catheters, drawing blood, administering medications and documenting a patient’s conditions. If a nurse does not use the appropriate standard of care while performing any of these duties, he or she could be liable for medical negligence.
Emergency Room Negligence – A number of things can go wrong in an emergency room: delayed treatment, evaluation and diagnosis errors, medication errors, surgical errors, unsanitary facilities, inadequate staffing, etc. If a patient is hurt or injured because of an error or negligence that occurred in an emergency room, a hospital — and the medical staff – could be deemed negligent.
24/7 California Medical Malpractice Lawyer Hotline
If you suspect that you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, just one call to 1-800-THE-LAW2 could ease your mind. Call now for a free consultation with an experienced California medical malpractice attorney. 1-800-THE-LAW2. A California medical malpractice lawyer is ready to help.