Orange County Medical Malpractice Attorney
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There is a word for doctor-induced death: Iatrogenic cause of death. Doctor-caused death is the third leading cause of death in the United States, with more than 250,000 deaths annually. It is unconscionable, and yet it happens every day.
If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed because of doctor, nurse or hospital error, The Law Office of Marshall Silberberg is here to help you bring those accountable to justice. We have the resources, the knowledge, and skill to successfully tackle complex medical malpractice cases - and defense insurance carriers know we will not hesitate to try a case.
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Medical malpractice occurs when medical professionals deviate from the standard of care and injure a patient. If a similarly trained professional would have handled your situation better under the same or similar circumstances, the individual in charge of your care can be held liable for your injuries. Injuries can be the result of a negligent act or omission. This negligence might occur during diagnosis, treatment, aftercare, or health management. Medical malpractice can also occur in long-term care facilities like hospitals and nursing homes.
Some common types include:
- Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis: When a healthcare provider fails to correctly diagnose a medical condition in a timely manner or diagnoses it inaccurately, leading to delayed treatment or inappropriate care.
- Medication Errors: These can include prescribing the wrong medication, incorrect dosage, or administering medications in a way that harms the patient.
- Birth Injuries: Injuries to the infant or mother during childbirth due to medical negligence, such as mishandling complications during delivery.
- Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse: Mistreatment or neglect of elderly residents in nursing homes or long-term care facilities by staff members, leading to physical or emotional harm.
- Anesthesia Errors: Mistakes in administering anesthesia, such as giving too much or too little anesthesia, resulting in complications or injury during surgery.
- Emergency Room Errors: Mistakes made in the emergency room due to misdiagnosis, delayed treatment, or inadequate care in urgent situations.
- Hospital Errors: These encompass a wide range of mistakes that can happen within a hospital setting, including administrative errors, inadequate staffing, poor communication among healthcare providers, and issues related to hospital-acquired infections.
- Sepsis Infections: Failure to diagnose or treat infections promptly can lead to sepsis, a severe and life-threatening condition resulting from the body's response to an infection. Medical negligence in handling infections can exacerbate sepsis and lead to dire consequences.
- Surgical Errors: Mistakes made during surgery, such as operating on the wrong body part, leaving surgical instruments inside the patient, or errors in anesthesia administration.
- Surgical Never Event: These are extreme errors during surgery that should never occur, such as performing surgery on the wrong patient or body part, or using incorrect surgical instruments.
- Wrongful Death: When a patient dies due to medical negligence or malpractice, their family may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
When you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, you are entitled to legal recourse and compensation. Medical malpractice is not always straightforward, which is why you need to entrust your case to an attorney like Marshall Silberberg, who has spent years investigating and winning these types of cases.
Our ability to win in front of juries and obtain meaningful settlements through negotiation for our clients is evident in our record of multi-million dollar results. Our lead trial lawyer has more than three decades of experience in personal injury and medical malpractice cases. When we take on a case, you may count on us to have the resources to pursue those responsible. Our firm has a physician on staff and utilizes a network of excellent experts who can lend insight into your case. From our office in Irvine, we proudly serve clients throughout Orange County and beyond.
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If you’re considering filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, you may be wondering what evidence you need to determine liability. Most legal claims for medical malpractice come down to establishing that your health care professional was negligent in providing medical care or treatment to you, and that you suffered an injury as a result. In this blog, you can take a look at what you may need to prove in a successful medical malpractice case.
- Existence of Doctor-Patient Relationship - First, you need to show the existence of a doctor-patient relationship, which establishes a doctor’s duty to provide you with competent care. In general, this is not a difficult element to prove in a medical malpractice case. If your doctor agreed to provide diagnosis or treatment to you, then the doctor-patient relationship exists.
- Proof of the Doctor’s Negligent Care - Next, you need to show that your doctor did not act with the skill and care that a similarly trained health care professional would have under the circumstances. In establishing the medical standard of care, it may be necessary for expert witnesses to testify about what a competent doctor would have done in the same situation. The expert witness must apply the medical standard of care to your case and show how your doctor failed to provide adequate care, through detailed testimony.
- Link Between Doctor’s Negligence and Your Injury - You must also show that the doctor’s actions caused your health condition to become worse, or resulted in you suffering an additional injury. Expert testimony helps to establish this element.
- Proof of Patient’s Harm - Finally, you must provide details of the actual harm you suffered. In a medical malpractice case, damages might include the cost of additional medical treatment, and lost income due to the inability to work.
- Proof By a Preponderance of the Evidence - A patient who has been injured by medical malpractice must show the elements listed above “by a preponderance of the evidence,” which means that they are each more likely true than false.
As a medical malpractice claimant, you have some unique legal hurdles to get over, including getting the case past a malpractice review board and filing a certificate of merit in some cases. If you have been injured as the result of a health care professional’s negligence, please contact our Orange County medical malpractice lawyers at the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg.
How to Find a Medical Malpractice Attorney
When you or a loved one have been injured due to medical negligence, it is essential to find the right medical malpractice attorney. Having an experienced attorney can make all the difference in whether you receive the compensation that you deserve for your injury or loss. But the question remains, how do you find the right attorney for your case. Here are a few methods that may help:
- Ask for Referrals - Reach out to family, friends, and colleagues who have gone through a similar experience or know someone who has. People in your network may be able to provide you with referrals for lawyers they’ve worked with before that can help with your case.
- Research Online - Search online directories as well national organizations like the American Bar Association (ABA) and American Association of Justice (AAJ). Look into reviews from past clients and see what others think about an attorney's services before making contact.
- Schedule a Consultation - Use the information gathered during your research phase to set up an initial consultation with potential attorneys on your list. During this meeting discuss important questions such as fees, years of experience, areas of expertise related to medical malpractice cases etc. This way you can get a better understanding if whether a medical malpractice attorney is the right fit for you and your case.
- Check Certifications & Accreditations - Ensure that whoever you hire is certified by their state bar association, and that they are accredited by the appropriate professional organizations like AAJ or ABA. This will help to guarantee professionalism and quality service. Also check if the attorney has any specialties, and make sure they have experience in medical malpractice type that matches your case.
An experienced medical malpractice lawyer will be able to navigate through the complexities of these cases and help ensure that justice is served. They understand how important it is to get fair compensation for victims of medical negligence, and they are familiar with local laws and regulations governing such cases. The right medical malpractice attorney will also be well-versed in negotiating settlements with insurance companies on behalf of their clients. With their expertise, knowledge, and dedication, they can provide invaluable representation for those affected by a negligent doctor or health care provider.
Who is Liable for Medical Malpractice?
In cases of medical malpractice, several parties can be held liable, depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident. Liability can extend to:
- Individual Practitioners: This includes doctors, surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, and other healthcare professionals directly involved in the patient's care. If their actions or negligence caused harm, they can be held accountable.
- Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities: Hospitals can be held responsible for the actions of their employees under a legal doctrine called "vicarious liability" or "respondeat superior." If an employee's negligence occurs within the scope of their employment, the hospital or facility may be liable.
- Medical Staff and Support Personnel: Other medical staff, such as technicians, pharmacists, or assistants, might also be held accountable for their negligence or errors that result in harm to a patient.
- Healthcare Corporations or Organizations: In cases where systemic issues or policies within a healthcare organization contribute to malpractice, the organization itself might bear liability.
- Manufacturers of Medical Devices or Pharmaceuticals: If a medical device or pharmaceutical product is faulty or has defects that cause harm to a patient, the manufacturer could be held liable under product liability laws.
- Third Parties: In certain instances, parties not directly involved in patient care but whose actions or products contributed to the malpractice might be held accountable. For instance, a maintenance company responsible for faulty equipment used during surgery.
Determining liability in a medical malpractice case often involves investigating the specifics of the incident, understanding the chain of events, and establishing whether negligence or a breach of the standard of care occurred. It can be complex and may require legal expertise and medical opinions to identify all responsible parties.
Can I seek compensation if it was my fault?
California is a pure comparative fault state. That means that you can seek compensation if you are less than 100 percent at fault for the accident. A certain percentage of fault will be assigned between you and the other party, or parties, involved in the accident. The amount of your settlement will be reduced based on your percentage of fault.
How long do I have to file a claim for medical malpractice?Under California law, a person has a limited amount of time to bring forth a claim that they or a loved one are a victim of medical malpractice. In addition to the requirement for the claimant to prove that the medical professional providing the service failed to provide the appropriate standard of care, they must also do so within an allotted timeframe. In California, the medical malpractice lawsuit must be brought forth within one year of the alleged victim discovering the injury or before the end of three years that the injury occurred, whichever happens first.
What Are Never Events?
Sometimes, medical malpractice arises during “never events.” These are especially shocking medical errors that should never occur. Unfortunately, never events happen more frequently than their name suggests.
Never events include:
- Surgical or procedural events, such as wrong-limb amputations or wrong-patient surgeries
- Product or device events, including contamination
- Patient protection events, where patients are lost or improperly discharged
- Care management events, like unsafe blood products or medication errors
- Environmental events, such as electric shocks or the improper use of restraints
- Radiological events, in which metallic objects are introduced into the MRI area
- Criminal events, like abuse or assault
If you’ve been affected by a never event, you almost always have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact us today to discuss your case. We charge no fees unless we win!
How a Former Defense Lawyer Can Help You
Attorney Marshall Silberberg and his team have earned national recognition for exceptional representation and success in medical malpractice cases. Over the years, we have demonstrated that we possess the extensive experience, professional connections and resources, and unyielding commitment needed to help clients recover the compensation they deserve in even the most complex cases. We also leverage Attorney Silberberg’s 29 years as a former defense lawyer for hospitals and physicians to level the playing field between our clients and the massive corporations and insurers they face in these cases.
Medical malpractice is a difficult area of law, and our team is proud to handle these challenging claims for clients and families throughout Orange County and the state of California. Whatever your case may be, you can be confident when placing your trust in our proven firm. Our reputation and successful recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars for victims of medical negligence speaks for itself.
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Under our representation, your case will be backed by decades of experience; experience that includes hundreds of trial cases and countless courtroom wins. Our straight-shooting, no-nonsense approach has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements.
We have spent decades cultivating close working relationships with an array of physicians and industry experts. We use these connections to provide invaluable insight and expert testimonies on the cases we take to court.
At our firm, the attorney-client relationship is sacred. We are committed to bringing a sense of peace to the victims and families we represent. Nothing is more rewarding than when we can help our clients ease the pain and frustration their injuries have caused them.
Our tenacity and work ethic set us apart. We’re not afraid to roll up our sleeves and really get to work on a case. From our personal meetings with prominent field experts to the development and strategy of your overall case, we will zealously stand by your side from start to finish.