Medical Malpractice Attorney Referral Service
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, dentist, nurse or other healthcare provider makes a mistake. In some cases, this can lead to physical, emotional and financial hardships. Receiving compensation can help you overcome the financial struggles caused by unexpected medical bills and time missed at work. For those who have suffered a permanent disability due to medical malpractice, it can be a step toward reclaiming your previous quality of life.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Health care workers – including doctors and dentists – take both ethical and legal oaths to do no harm to their patients. Every aspect of the medical profession is governed by strict treatment protocols and an accepted standard of care. When this standard is not upheld, medical malpractice can quickly lead to injury or lasting disability.
Medical malpractice commonly occurs through:
- Medical accidents
- Surgical errors
- Mistakes with anesthesia and other drugs
- Hospital mistreatment
- Missed or late diagnosis
- Birth injuries
- Dental malpractice
A knowledgeable attorney with experience in medical malpractice law may be able to help you obtain a settlement for compensation if you or an immediate family member have suffered due to an injury caused by a healthcare provider. This payment may be used to cover medical expenses and overdue bills from lost wages, as well as compensate you for your pain and suffering.
How Common is Medical Malpractice?
According to statistics compiled by the National Practitioner Data Bank, California ranked third in the nation based on the number of medical malpractice claims in 2012. Nationwide, there were more than 12,000 payouts from these claims. Victims of malpractice received more than $222,926,200 in California alone.
These claims were based on a wide range of injuries. About one out of every three claims nationwide was based on a wrongful death. About 12 percent of the victims who received compensation now require lifelong care due to their injuries, while another 27 percent suffered from significant permanent injuries. The payouts for these injuries may be higher than for malpractice suits when victims can overcome their injuries and return to their previous lifestyle.
Can a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Help?
Medical malpractice claims differ from other personal injury lawsuits in a number of ways. Because of the laws that protect healthcare professionals, these suits can be very complex. It is important to find the right lawyer to establish negligence, liability and causation. With this knowledge, a settlement can be requested. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, a lawsuit can still be filed on your behalf.
Choosing an attorney who has secured large judgements for high profile clients is rarely as important as partnering with an experienced attorney who is knowledgeable with your local area. In addition, a lawyer who has a track record of reaching settlements with hospitals, doctors and insurance companies may be preferable. Statistics show that about 93 percent of payouts nationwide come from settlements. This means that very few claims ever reach a judge.
How Can I Find the Right Lawyer?
The Attorney Referral Service of The San Fernando Valley Bar Association can help you find the best lawyer to represent you in your medical malpractice suit. Call us at (818) 340-4529 today, and we will put you in touch with a highly-qualified attorney who can help you get the settlement