Medical and Dental Malpractice
Medical malpractice is the negligence of any health care provider (doctor, nursing, hospital, chiropractor, etc.) which results in injury or death of a patient.
It's complicated. However, the same legal rules for doctors apply to hospitals, dentists (dental malpractice), chiropractors, nurses, etc. In fact, recent legal precedents have applied the exact same legal principles to DVM veterinarians. Since 1975, California has had a special set of laws which only apply to medical malpractice claims. This group of laws is commonly known as MICRA (Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act). The California medical malpractice statute of limitations is very complex and has many nooks and crannies. Generally speaking, a patient has a year (six months if you are suing a public entity) from the “date of injury” to sue; this may be extended for an additional 90 days if the patient’s lawyer serves proper and timely notices.
I have been practicing in the area of medical malpractice since 2002 and, while I have no formal education in medicine, I have a working knowledge of many medical customs, terminology, principles and procedures and I worked for a large regional hospital. I can confidently evaluate potential medical malpractice cases “in house” without the need of consulting other experts (which may have to be paid by the prospective client).
If you would like an evaluation of a possible malpractice case, contact me today.