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Personal Injury Lawyers: Understanding Medical Malpractice in California

When our medical professionals in California fail the community through negligence or recklessness, it is devastating. Victims deserve compensation. Liable parties can be doctors, nurses, hospitals, and more. Unfortunately, medical malpractice cases are extremely difficult to endure because they are emotionally and physically hard on the victim as much as they are demanding in their evidentiary process.

In 2023, Gary A. Dordick won a record-setting verdict of more than $31 million in Maricopa County, Arizona, when a jury found Banner Health and its employees negligent and in the labor and delivery of Krystle Griepentrog, causing her son Greyson to suffer oxygen deprivation during birth resulting in cerebral palsy. Read more about Griepentrog v. Banner Health

At Dordick Law Corporation, our Personal Injury attorneys in Arizona and Southern California (Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Riverside, San Diego & surrounding areas) handle hard medical malpractice cases. If you are a victim of a medical professional's negligence, contact us at (310) 551-0949 to schedule a free consultation. In the meantime, we answer commonly asked questions here so that you can prepare for your consultation.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is often defined as negligence by a medical professional. However, negligence or a medical mistake alone do not always establish a successful medical malpractice claim.

Medical negligence requires a medical professional's breach of the medical standard of care resulting in injury or harm to a patient. The standard of care for medical professionals differs from the general standard of care of a reasonable person in that it analyzes the situation according to a similarly trained and experienced medical professional under similar circumstances.

When Can I Sue a Doctor or Another Medical Professional in California for an Injury?

The first requirement for suing a doctor or other medical professional is that a doctor/patient relationship existed between you and the medical professional when the harm occurred. Additionally, the medical professional's negligence must be causally connected to your injury or harm.

It is also important to note that medical malpractice claims are typically required to be filed soon after an injury or harm occurs because of the deadlines set by each state, known as the statute of limitations, which could bar a claim if not met.

When Can I Sue a Hospital or Another Medical Facility in California for an Injury?

A hospital or other medical establishment can be sued for a patient's injury under certain circumstances. The main question is whether the negligent doctor or other medical professional was an employee of the hospital or other medical establishment at the time of the negligence and injury.

In some cases, hospitals may purposely make it difficult to determine if a doctor is an employee of a hospital to avoid liability. An additional question is whether the doctor or other medical professional was acting under the scope of their job-related duties when the negligence occurred. 

What Are the Most Common Types of California Medical Malpractice Claims?

Unfortunately, there are many forms of medical malpractice that could lead to significant harm to a person and result in a lawsuit. Some of the most common forms of medical malpractice include:

  • Anesthesia errors
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Diagnostic errors
  • Dosage errors
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Medication errors
  • Surgical errors
  • Leaving medical equipment inside a patient
  • Inadequate aftercare
  • Incorrect treatment
  • Failure to adequately monitor a patient
  • Failure to prevent infection
  • Failure to order proper tests
  • Failure to stop bleeding
  • Premature discharge
  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Wrong procedure performed
  • Wrong medication administered
  • Wrong-site surgery

Although a doctor might engage in one of the common forms of medical malpractice, such action does not always result in a malpractice claim, especially if no harm or injury results.

What is a Medical Malpractice Case Worth in Southern California ?

It is important to understand that each medical malpractice case has a unique set of factual circumstances that determine the case's value. A successful medical malpractice claim also requires significant evidence and testimony, which is often challenging without an experienced legal professional.

With that being said, some of the key factors that affect the value of a case include the severity of the doctor's negligence, the significance of the injury and harm, and any negligence by the patient.

Do You Need a Medical Malpractice Attorney in California?

Medical malpractice cases are incredibly difficult and require compliance with many additional state laws and court rules. As such, a specialized Personal Injury attorney could make the difference in securing a favorable settlement or verdict.

A legal professional understands the evidence and testimony needed in a medical malpractice case. This could include requesting evidence from a hospital or securing a medical expert to assist in establishing a breach of the medical standard of care.

Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney in Southern California Today

At Dordick Law Corporation, our Personal Injury attorneys in Southern California (Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Riverside, San Diego & surrounding areas) know the law and has the tools and experience to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit. Fill out our online form or call us at (310) 551-0949 today to schedule a free consultation and get answers to your specific questions.

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