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Medical Malpractice: An Overview

By Sara Morgan |

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is injured by negligent care or attention by a medical provider or  professional, such as a doctor, nurse, technician or staff member. The laws in regard to medical malpractice vary from state to state. The following is an overview of medical malpractice law along with its rules and… Read More »

Medical Malpractice, Did The Hospital Breach Its Duty?

By Sara Morgan |

One branch of medical malpractice targets hospitals and other medical facilities for breaching the standard of care.  Hospitals and other medical facilities have obligations to patients that are different than those owed by physicians.  These include, at a minimum, to “provide  procedures, policies, facilities, supplies, and qualified personnel reasonably necessary for the treatment of… Read More »

ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE

By Dennis Stout |

This issue of attorney-client privilege is prevalent in the news these days, as federal agents have raided the offices and home of President Trump’s personal lawyer. Much of what was obtained from that search/raid, what can be used, and for what purpose, hinges on the issue of attorney-client privilege, confidentiality and criminal activity. In… Read More »

Cases Involving Amputation Injuries

By James Heiting |

An amputation requires the “removal of either a severely injured or deceased bodily segment”. Although amputations may happen because of medical conditions such as the implications presented by diabetes, in personal injury cases, the removal of a body part is usually the direct result of a trauma. This can happen in a car accident,… Read More »

Medical Malpractice Due to a Negligent Medical Practitioner

By Dennis Stout |

In the State of California, most individuals rely on their medical practitioner when there is a need for any type of medical assistance above the common cold. Internal and external bodily complications and conditions may require educated medical professional such as doctors or nurses to interpret the facts. Many illnesses cannot be diagnosed without… Read More »

CALIFORNIA PENALIZES HOSPITALS STATEWIDE

By Sara Morgan |

The California Department of Public Health has recently issued fines and penalties against nine California hospitals.  The fines, totaling $549,555, arose from 10 reports of negligence occurring from 2014 to 2017. The hospitals fined include: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara; Palmdale Regional Medical Center in Palmdale; Doctors Medical Center in Modesto; Methodist… Read More »

Former Playboy Model Dies from Chiropractic Treatment

By Richard Irwin |

Many people turn to chiropractic treatment as an alternative healthcare means. While chiropractic treatment certainly can help with neck and back pain, some evidence suggests that over manipulation can actually cause more harm than good. Such was the case with “Charlotte”, a mother and former Playboy model, who died after receiving “routine chiropractic care.”… Read More »

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: SOME IMPORTANT DEADLINES

By Sara Morgan |

We do write quite frequently about the statute of limitations for medical malpractice matters in California.  For me, this largely stems from the numerous times I must decline a potential case based on the amount of time that has passed since an injury occurred.  Especially in wrongful death situations, the callers can be particularly… Read More »

Why You Shouldn’t Try to Settle Your Medical Malpractice Claim Before You Call a Lawyer

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

I’ve written numerous times about how the medical malpractice laws in California are greatly stacked against plaintiffs – short statute of limitations, $250,000 general damages cap, and cases such as Flores v. Presbyterian Hospital where a defective hospital bed was found to be “medical malpractice” and governed by MICRA’s exceedingly pro-doctor provisions and Cuevas… Read More »

Medical Malpractice: Majority Of Republicans Favor Increasing Micra Limits

By Sara Morgan |

California enacted the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, known as MICRA, in 1975 to combat concerns over the availability and rising price of medical malpractice insurance. This Act established a limitation, or cap, of $250,000 on the amount a person could recover for any pain, suffering, distress, anguish, and loss of quality of life… Read More »

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