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Doctors and medical professionals hold a position in society where they are trusted by millions of people. However, there can be a breach in the duty of care by a medical professional to a patient, which can lead to further injury or even death. When these mistakes happen, there are ways to seek legal action against the responsible parties and justice as a victim. 

In California, a medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed no later than 3 years after the date of injury or 1 year after the plaintiff discovers, or through the use of sensible diligence should have discovered, the injury. Although there are a few exceptions when it comes to this statute of limitations, it is advised to start your claim as soon as possible. As timing is crucial, if you or a loved one are a victim of medical malpractice, please contact The Law Offices of Patricia A. Law to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Call (951) 683-8320 for a free consultation today.

There are a few categories of medical malpractice.

Pharmaceutical Malpractice 

Pharmacists are responsible for correctly dispensing pharmaceutical prescriptions. Pharmacists have a responsibility to ensure their patients receive the correct medication and the correct dosage determined by the doctor. Pharmacists must also communicate any instructions and warnings to the patient regarding the medication. 

Many patients’ lives depend on the medicine they get from a pharmacy. Neglectful administration of the wrong medication or wrong dosage is known as pharmaceutical malpractice. If you or a loved one are a victim of pharmaceutical malpractice, please contact The Law Offices of Patricia A. Law to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Call (951) 683-8320 for a free consultation today.

Surgical Errors

Surgical errors are a form of medical malpractice. When a surgeon or a member of the surgical team behaves negligently or irresponsibly resulting in harm to the patient, the patient or patient’s family has a right to file a claim against members of the medical team or hospital responsible for the harm. As a result of the claim, the patient can receive compensation for medical bills, loss of income, financial burdens and damages for pain and suffering. 

Common surgical errors include: wrong-site surgery, wrong surgical procedure, surgical instrument left in body, wrong patient surgery, surgery unrelated to the patient’s diagnosis, performance of unnecessary surgery and other mistakes made before or during surgery or post-operation. If you or a loved one are a victim of a surgical error, please contact The Law Offices of Patricia A. Law to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Call (951) 683-8320 for a free consultation today.

Emergency Medicine

The emergency room (ER) section of a hospital is a fast paced environment which can be the basis for many medical mistakes. The high volume of patients and wide range of issues and injuries is no excuse for medical professionals to make any errors. Emergency Room staff must uphold the standard of the healthcare industry and provide the best possible care for all patients. 

When a member of the ER staff is negligent and causes harm or death of a patient, it is considered medical malpractice. Many ER errors often result from inaccurate diagnosis or insufficient treatment of a condition. This is mainly common with issues such as heart attack, spinal cord injury, infection, disease or stroke. If you or a loved one are a victim of an emergency room error, please contact The Law Offices of Patricia A. Law to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Call (951) 683-8320 for a free consultation today.

Failure to Diagnose

Doctors are responsible for correctly diagnosing patients so that appropriate treatment can take place in a timely manner. Failing to diagnose a patient can ruin a patient’s chance of recovery, especially if the disease is potentially fatal. It is crucial for diseases to be diagnosed as early as possible because most diseases get worse the longer they stay untreated. One of the most common diseases that is either misdiagnosed or undiagnosed is cancer. Some cancers cause symptoms in patients, while others are silent killers. The best way to find out if cancer is present is to perform a biopsy. Once cancer is identified in a patient, there are a variety of therapies and surgeries that can help treat it. However, the diagnosis of cancer must be correct and early for the patient to have the best chance of recovery. 

There are many examples of diagnostic mistakes that can qualify as medical malpractice. Some examples include failing to observe clear signs of disease, dismissing patients’ symptoms, misdiagnosing tumors as benign, misreading tests and failing to order specific tests or x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, etc. If you or a loved one are a victim of a healthcare professional’s failure to diagnose, please contact The Law Offices of Patricia A. Law to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Call (951) 683-8320 for a free consultation today.

Infections and Sepsis

Every so often patients can develop infections while under medical care, which can led to serious injury or even death. Acquired infections, also known as nosocomial infections, include all infections that develop over a patient’s stay in a medical facility and that are not associated with the condition for which the patient was admitted or diagnosed. Unexpected infections occur because sometimes facilities do not create adequate infection control programs due to high costs. Infection control programs help prevent infections in medical facilities, but in some circumstances the medical staff is not even sufficiently educated. All of these negligent actions can bring substantial and preventable risk to patients during extended medical care. 

The sanitation procedures and hygiene practices of a hospital can also contribute to whether a patient will get a hospital acquired infection (HAI) during a stay. There are a few factors that can increase the chance of a patient acquiring an infection, including patient health, invasive procedures and devices, as well as treatment and sepsis. Infections can easily be prevented, but if you or a loved one are a victim of a hospital infection or sepsis, please contact The Law Offices of Patricia A. Law to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Call (951) 683-8320 for a free consultation today.

Orthopedic Errors

Orthopedics is a medical speciality that deals with the treatment of bones and muscles, including joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Orthopedic physicians specialize in correcting or preventing issues with joints, like hip or knee implant procedures, sports injuries, fractured or broken bones, degenerative diseases and other physical trauma issues. Unfortunately, if an orthopedic physician or orthopedic staff member is negligent or irresponsible while caring for a patient, he or she may cause devastating injuries or even permanent disability. 

Common cases involving orthopedic injury include improper or insufficient rehabilitative care, failure to diagnose fractures, failure to refer the patient to a specialized surgeon, negligent neck, back spine, hand or shoulder surgeries, and negligent revision surgeries. If an orthopedic professional’s negligence results in an injury or death of a patient, a medical malpractice suit may be filed against the responsible parties. If you or a loved one are a victim of an orthopedic error, please contact The Law Offices of Patricia A. Law to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Call (951) 683-8320 for a free consultation today.

Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesiologists are responsible for delivering anesthesia to a patient while monitoring the patient’s response before, during and after surgery. Sometimes an anesthesiologist or a member on the anesthesiology team can make a negligent mistake. The consequences of an anesthesia error can lead to devastating injury or death. For example, if too much anesthesia is administered, the cells can be starved of oxygen. Oxygen deprivation can cause a stroke, brain injury or death in a patient. Other injuries can include spinal cord injury or paralysis, heart attack, birth defects, nerve damage, etc. 

There are a handful of negligent actions that can lead to patient harm. Examples include delaying anesthesia administration, giving the wrong dose of anesthesia, not properly administering oxygen during surgery, ignoring a patient’s preventable allergic reactions, failing to properly monitor the patient, failing to recognize complications, and failing to communicate efficiently with the patient. 

Victims or family members who have been harmed by an anesthesia error have the right to pursue compensation to assist with the costs of long-term care, potential lifetime disability and to help with pain and suffering. If you or a loved one are a victim of an anesthesia error, please contact The Law Offices of Patricia A. Law to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Call (951) 683-8320 for a free consultation today.

Gynecology and Urology Errors

OB/GYN’s deal with highly complicated and detailed care for their patients. Lawsuits against OB/GYN’s include patients suffering from abnormal injury, failure to diagnose, failure to treat, insufficient documentation of patient instruction and education, improperly obtaining informed consent, failure to follow safety procedures and errors in medication administration. 

Pregnant women trust their OB/GYN to care for them and their babies. Care for pregnant women comprises 9 month of care where a doctor looks for any issues that could risk the health and life of the mother and child. In addition to the 9 months of care, there is the process of labor and delivery, during which many issues could present themselves. A skilled and experienced OB/GYN knows how and when to act if any issues should arise. Responsibilities of OB/GYN’s include breast examinations and surgeries, pelvic area ultrasounds, pap smears, STD testing, bone density testing and hysterectomies, etc. The reproductive care of all women can be considered a sensitive area of care, so it is crucial to see a doctor who you trust. 

If you or a loved one are a victim of an OB/GYN error, please contact The Law Offices of Patricia A. Law to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Call (951) 683-8320 for a free consultation today.

Pediatrics Medical Malpractice

The medical treatment and care of children is known as Pediatric care. This area of care can be sensitive because children are not always as communicative as adults when it comes to explaining their symptoms or pain. Consequently, it is essential for pediatricians to be extra detailed when it comes to tests and examinations, as they will be the only sure indicators of a child’s sickness. Mistakes and negligence made by a pediatrician can change the life of a child for the rest of his or her life. The illness or death of a child can devastate the life of a family, especially if the illness or loss could have easily been prevented by comprehensive testing. Pediatricians must use extreme care when prescribing medication to children, particularly because most medications do not have a written dosing medication for children. This means even a tiny amount of the incorrect drug can cause significant harm to a child or even fatality.

There is a wide range of problems that can come from just one pediatric error. When an error is made because of a healthcare professional’s negligence, the healthcare professional should be held responsible. A family has the legal right to file a medical malpractice suit so they can seek justice for all of their pain and suffering. If you or a loved one are a victim of a pediatric error, please contact The Law Offices of Patricia A. Law to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Call (951) 683-8320 for a free consultation today.

Hospital Nursing Malpractice

Most serious injuries or deaths in medical malpractice and negligence cases occur in hospitals, and most cases usually involve multiple nurses and doctors who share the blame. While most nurses are employees of the hospital, with exceptions to this rule, almost all doctors are not employees of the hospital. Therefore, the hospital would not be legally liable for a doctor’s negligence. The majority of patients admitted to hospitals have notable health problems when they arrive, so it may be hard to prove the negligent outcome by the medical staff from the underlying medical condition. 

Nursing malpractice occurs when a nurse fails to efficiently perform his or her medical responsibilities and that failure harms the patient. Whoever is liable for the nurse’s wrongdoing, whether it be the doctor or hospital, will be responsible for compensating the patient. Since most nurses are hospital employees, nursing malpractice cases are usually brought against the hospital where the nurse is employed. If you or a loved one are a victim of hospital nursing malpractice, please contact The Law Offices of Patricia A. Law to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Call (951) 683-8320 for a free consultation today.

Medication Errors

Medications are commonly used to treat various medical conditions. However, medication errors and overdoses can occur due to an error by a doctor, nurse or other health care provider. Medication errors constitute approximately a quarter of all medical malpractice cases, with failure to give the proper dosage the most common medication error. Nurses, who are the ones usually responsible for administering medication, along with the hospital they work for are the medical professionals most regularly charged with malpractice for mediation errors. 

Frequent medication errors include overdose, prescription of dangerous drug combinations, allergic reactions to a drug, failure to track appropriate dosage and illegible handwriting of written prescriptions. Drug overdoses and medication errors can be lessened with proper training and technology. Negligence when writing a prescription is a consequential mistake that can cause serious damage or become fatal for a patient. Physicians must take many factors into consideration before prescribing a drug. Topics to consider include a patient’s medical history, weight, age, history with the drug or similar drugs, other medication interference and other elements that affect the drug’s safety and effectiveness. If you or a loved one are a victim of a medication error, please contact The Law Offices of Patricia A. Law to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Call (951) 683-8320 for a free consultation today.

Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis

Spinal cord injuries are usually permanent and life changing injuries that can affect the lives of both the victim and their loved ones. These injuries can be caused by the negligence of medical professionals or an accident, such as a car collision. When a spinal cord injury or paralysis is caused by someone else’s wrongful doing, it is crucial to seek justice with an experienced attorney who will be able to effectively investigate, file suit and prosecute your claim.

Our professional team of attorneys has the financial resources, medical knowledge and skill to secure full and fair compensation for victims of spinal cord injuries and paralysis. If you or a loved one are a victim of a spinal cord injury or paralysis, please contact The Law Offices of Patricia A. Law to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Call (951) 683-8320 for a free consultation today.

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Patricia A. Law

Patricia A. Law has tried more than 90 JURY TRIALS and binding arbitrations.

  • She has over 30 years of trial experience.
  • She specializes in catastrophic injury cases.
  • She is one of the best trial attorneys in California.
  • #1 Trial Attorney in San Bernardino County
  • Specializes in Medical Malpractice Law.