You may be entitled to significant compensation if you’ve been hurt due to a medical error in Los Angeles, CA. The experienced Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyers at M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers are here to help. Contact our law office or call us at (877) 300-4535 to discover how our award-winning team can maximize your financial recovery.
We’re award-winning trial attorneys dedicated to helping victims of medical negligence in Southern California. Our law firm can match the power and resources of the toughest adversaries you’ll face, from insurance companies to hospitals and top-paid physicians. Our tireless advocacy has helped us recover $400 million (and counting) for injured patients just like you.
Call us today to schedule a free consultation. Our team is standing by to take your call whenever you need us most – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
How M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help If You’ve Been the Victim of Medical Negligence in Los Angeles
Doctors are held to high standards. We quite literally put our lives in their hands, so we expect them to keep us safe. Unfortunately, mistakes happen, and errors are made. It’s the patients who are left to pick up the pieces.
At M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers, we believe that negligent medical professionals must be held accountable. And our Los Angeles medical malpractice attorneys are committed to making that a reality for you and your family.
We’ll stand up to negligent providers, hospitals, and insurance companies on your behalf. Our top-rated litigators will not settle for less than you deserve. We’ll do everything we can to get you maximum compensation from all liable parties.
When you choose our law firm to handle your medical malpractice lawsuit, we will:
- Determine what error(s) led to your injury, illness, or family member’s wrongful death
- Seek damages from all liable parties
- Bring in medical experts to help us identify appropriate standards of care and understand where things went wrong
- Handle negotiations to secure the best possible settlement offer for you
- Take your medical malpractice case to court if you’re not offered a fair deal
Most importantly, our personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles will handle your medical malpractice case from start to finish. We’ll take care of your fight for damages. We’ll keep you in the loop. We’ll help you make tough decisions about your case. But we’ll also give you the time and space you need to focus on getting better.
Contact our law firm online or give our law office a call to learn more. Your initial case evaluation is 100% free, so reach out for help today.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or another healthcare provider’s care deviates from accepted standards and causes an injury.
In other words, medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional is negligent and causes harm.
In California, a doctor (or another healthcare provider) will be considered negligent if they “fail to use the level of skill, knowledge, and care in diagnosis and treatment that other reasonably careful [doctors] would use in the same or similar circumstances.”
The level of skill, knowledge, and care will depend on the specific situation and the type of provider that’s accused of negligence.
How Common is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a leading cause of avoidable injury and death in the United States. According to one study, medical negligence causes anywhere between 25,000 to 120,000 deaths every year.
Many instances of medical negligence go unreported. Some experts believe that for every reported medical error, at least three errors are unreported. So, it’s hard to say how common medical malpractice really is.
What’s My Medical Malpractice Case Worth?
While every case is different, one study found that the average settlement in medical malpractice cases in 2018 was $600,000.
Ultimately, the value of your specific case will depend on:
- What types of injuries you suffer
- Your prognosis and if you’re expected to make a full recovery
- The cost of medical treatment to correct the injury or illness
- How you’ve been affected by this traumatic event psychologically and emotionally
The more serious your injuries – and the more catastrophic the medical error – the more your case is likely to be worth.
However, don’t underestimate what your medical negligence case might be worth. Speak with a qualified attorney at M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers to learn more by scheduling a free consultation.
What Damages Are Available in a Medical Malpractice Case?
Victims of medical negligence can recover awards for economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages offset the financial costs of medical negligence and resulting injuries, such as:
- Medical treatment
- Nursing care
- Lost wages
- Funeral costs, if a medical error results in a patient’s death
Non-economic damages make up for the consequences of medical malpractice that aren’t easily valued, like:
In California, non-economic awards are capped at $250,000. There is a ballot initiative that would change this law that’s gaining steam.
What Are Some Examples of Medical Malpractice?
At M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers, we handle all different types of medical malpractice cases.
We represent clients who have suffered an injury because of one or more of these medical mistakes:
- Failure to diagnose
- Delayed diagnosis
- Surgical mistake
- Medication errors
- Emergency room errors
- Anesthesia error
- Birth injury
- Foreign objects left in the body
Contact our law office serving Los Angeles, CA to find out how we can help you fight to maximize your financial recovery.
Who Can Be Liable For Medical Errors in California?
Under California state law, anyone who contributes to a medical mistake or act of medical negligence can be liable for resulting injuries.
After a thorough investigation, our local medical malpractice lawyers might determine that one or more of the following parties share fault:
- General practitioners
- Specialists (e.g., OBGYNs, oncologists, dermatologists, emergency room doctors)
- Physician assistants
- Hospital staff
- Hospital administrators
We will aggressively pursue compensation from anyone who contributed to your injury.
Do I Have to Prove Negligence to Win My Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Typically, yes. Negligence is the foundation for most medical malpractice cases in California.
In a medical negligence case, you’ll have the burden of proving:
- A medical professional owed you a duty of care;
- The appropriate standard of care was breached;
- The practitioner’s actions (or failure to act) caused you to get hurt; and
- You’ve suffered damages as a result.
To win, you’ll need facts on your side and strong evidence to prove your arguments.
Evidence that can be helpful in medical malpractice cases includes:
- Testimony from experts in the medical field
- Witness statements and testimony
- Photographs of wounds, medical devices, medical equipment, or other relevant items
- Video recording surgical errors
- Medical records
- Patient charts and forms of written staff communication
You deserve to take time to focus on getting better and moving forward with your life. Let our medical malpractice lawyers in Los Angeles handle your legal case. We’ll stand up to hospitals and tough insurance companies for you and fight to get you the money you deserve.
How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in California?
The statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits in California is three years. The clock begins to run on the date of the negligent act or when the injury is (or should’ve been) discovered, whichever occurs first.
If you miss the deadline that applies to your case, you’ll give up the right to secure the financial award you need and deserve.
The best way to protect your legal rights – and put yourself in the best position to win – is by calling M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers as soon as you can after you discover that you’ve been the victim of a medical mistake.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Los Angeles Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Have you or a family member been the victim of medical negligence in Los Angeles, California? You may be entitled to a sizable financial award for your medical costs, loss of income, and suffering. Speak with our qualified Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyers to discover how we can help you maximize your financial recovery.
Trust decades of experience and a team that’s won more than $400 million for clients like you. Call M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers and get in touch with our experienced trial attorneys. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means there’s no cost to you unless we win your case.
Your first consultation is absolutely free, and our team is standing by to take your call right now.
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