Serving Victims of Medical Errors in Los Angeles, Dana Point, San Diego and all of Southern California
In a recent study, Johns Hopkins reported that medical errors have become the third-leading cause of death in the United States. This is an alarming statistic, and one that shows just how important it is for medical malpractice victims to speak out and stand up for their rights.
Medical malpractice is a problem of epidemic proportions. More people than ever are dying from medical errors, and each year, an untold number of patients suffer avoidable illnesses and injuries due to their healthcare providers’ mistakes. From failure to diagnose to errors in the operating room, all forms of medical malpractice have the potential to lead to life-changing – and sometimes fatal – consequences.
At Neale & Fhima, we are committed to aiding in the fight against medical malpractice. With decades of experience handling malpractice cases throughout Southern California, we know first-hand the devastating effects that medical mistakes can have on victims and their families. If you are a victim, you deserve to be compensated. Our attorneys will fight to make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.
Are You a Victim of Medical Malpractice?
As you might expect, all doctors owe a certain standard of care to their patients. The standards to which doctors are held can vary depending on the circumstances; but, generally speaking, as someone who has sought out medical attention, the law entitles you to have certain expectations about your quality of care. If you believe that you may have received substandard care at a doctor’s office or hospital in Southern California, you could have a claim for medical malpractice.
Common Examples of Medical Malpractice
Administering anesthesia requires prior consultation and precise medical expertise. Administering too much or too little anesthesia, administering an improper anesthetic, and other common errors can all have extremely serious consequences.
Birth Defects and Injuries
Many types of birth defects and injuries are closely associated with medical errors, as well. From diagnostic errors during pregnancy to unsafe delivery tools and techniques and even negligent neonatal care, mistakes made before, during, and after birth can lead to many life-changing medical conditions.
Conditions that commonly result from medical malpractice during pregnancy and childbirth include:
- Brachial plexus palsy
- Brain injuries
- Bruising and broken bones
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Hypoxia (lack of oxygen)
- Shoulder dystocia
Failure to Diagnose and Misdiagnosis
Failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis are two of the most common forms of medical malpractice. This includes emergency room errors (such as failing to spot a bone fracture in an x-ray), as well as failing to properly diagnose cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and other potentially life-threatening conditions. Delayed diagnosis is also a major problem both in and out of the emergency setting, frequently leaving patients suffering from conditions and complications that could have been avoided with timely care.
Hospital Administration Errors
Hospital administration errors are a leading cause of medical malpractice, as well. From mixing up patient files to asking staff members to work too many hours and failing to enforce proper safety protocols, administrative errors and oversights regularly lead to patients receiving inappropriate and substandard care.
Prescribing the wrong medication, filling prescriptions improperly, administering the wrong dose during inpatient care – these are just a few examples of the countless medication errors that happen every day in hospitals and doctors’ offices across the United States. If your condition failed to improve or if you experienced a new condition after taking a prescribed medication, you could have a claim for medical malpractice.
All types of doctors can – and do – make mistakes. We handle cases involving:
- Cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery
- Internal and family medicine
- Neurology and neurosurgery
- Obstetrics and gynecology
An alarming number of surgical errors lead to both serious injuries and wrongful death. This includes performing the wrong procedure, taking shortcuts or making mistakes during an operation, leaving surgical tools and sponges in patients’ bodies, operating on the wrong location (wrong-site surgery), and even operating on the wrong patient.
You Only Have a Limited Amount of Time to File Your Claim
Under California law, medical malpractice victims only have a limited amount of time to enforce their right to compensation. If you delay, you could lose your rights entirely, and this could mean losing out on the money that you need to cover your medical bills and other losses. To make sure that you don’t give up your legal rights, contact us for a free consultation today.
Schedule a Free Medical Malpractice Consultation at Neale & Fhima
If you believe that you or a loved one may be a victim of medical malpractice, we encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. We will conduct a thorough investigation; and, if it appears that you may have a claim, we will vigorously pursue maximum compensation for your losses. To speak with an experienced attorney at our offices in Dana Point, Los Angeles, or San Diego, call (888) 407-2955 or get in touch online today.