Sacramento Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Medical malpractice is a common term, but it has a specific legal definition. It describes the failure of a healthcare provider to follow recognized standards of medical care and safety, resulting in serious injury to a patient.
When you seek medical care from a doctor, hospital or other healthcare provider in Sacramento, you trust that the treatment you receive will make you better. Unfortunately, patients do not always receive the kind of medical treatment they deserve. When patient injuries occur because a doctor, nurse or health facility failed to follow recognized standards, this could constitute medical malpractice. Victims of medical malpractice and their families could be entitled to monetary compensation.
If you suspect that you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed as a result of an error by a doctor, healthcare professional or hospital, you need to understand your legal options. At the law offices of the Arnold Law Firm, we can help.
To find out how, call us today at (916) 924-3100 or simply fill out and submit the "Free Case Evaluation" form to the right.
California Medical by the Numbers
When most people hear the term medical malpractice, many automatically think of a doctor’s error. However, doctors are not the only medical professionals that can commit medical malpractice.
Between 2010 and 2011, California had more than 124,000 licensed physicians and surgeons, according to state Medical Board statistics. Sacramento County alone has nearly 4,400 licensed doctors and surgeons. Unfortunately, during a similar length of time (2009-2010), the California Medical Board received more than 6,500 complaints from patients of medical establishments.
In some cases, the board publicly reprimanded or disciplined physicians for drug or alcohol abuse, inappropriate prescribing, fraud, sexual misconduct or other unprofessional conduct. Unfortunately, the medical board does not always act as forcefully as it should to prevent negligent doctors from harming patients.
Common Areas of Medical Malpractice
In many medical malpractice cases, it is quite difficult to prove who was responsible for creating a medical-related error. There can be numerous staff involved in the handling of a patient and also a variety of medications used during their treatment.
At the law offices of the Arnold Law Firm, we have a network of industry experts that we often use to help determine the cause of an incident.
We then use the information from their findings to help build a more robust argument for your medical malpractice compensation claim.
Some of the more common areas where medical malpractice can occur are:
- Emergency room errors
- General hospital negligence
- Medical laboratory errors
- Physician errors
- Anesthesia miscalculations
- Incorrect diagnosis
- Wrongful death
- Incorrect medication dosage
- Prescription errors
- Dental errors
.... just to name a few.
It is important to note that after a patient suffers a serious personal injury or wrongful death, there is a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit.
The statute of limitations for bringing a malpractice case in California depends on the age of the patient and the type of malpractice. During this period, it is a wise choice to promptly consult an attorney — while you still have an opportunity to seek compensation for the injuries that you have suffered.
Medical Insurance and Insurance Companies
Health professionals are required to carry malpractice insurance- however, if you are injured by a doctor’s error, the healthcare provider will often fight aggressively to defend their reputation. It is VERY IMPORTANT to remember that the representatives from the insurance company are NOT your friends.
As highly trained workers, their primary goal is to obtain enough information to minimize ANY insurance payout (if at all). The objective of an insurance company is to provide a profit to their shareholders — not to help innocent injury victims receive the compensation that they need to help pay for the things that they need to survive - which are often at risk if a victim is unable to work, or has mounting medical costs due to the injury that have received.
This is where an attorney can help. The California medical malpractice lawyers at Arnold Law Firm have a successful track record of securing compensation for patients injured by medical negligence and are aware of the luring tactics that insurance estimators often use during the evaluation process.
With our firm, you can rest assured knowing that we have your best interests at heart.
Turn to Trusted Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Sacramento, California
Complex medical injury cases demand an experienced medical malpractice attorney. If you or a loved one has been injured by the actions of a doctor or other healthcare professional, contact us today.
At the law offices of the Arnold Law Firm, we represent patients and their families whose doctor or health care provider has deviated from the standard of medical care in diagnosing or treating medical conditions.
We proudly work on a contingency basis — which means that we do not charge you unless we obtain a settlement, and we also offer a 100% FREE initial case review, to help determine if you have grounds to file a lawsuit. If so, we will advise you on the best way to move forward with proceedings.
To contact an experienced Sacramento medical malpractice lawyer at our firm, please call us at 916-924-3100. A member from our staff will collect some of the details about your case, then quickly refer you to one of our attorneys.
Alternatively, to start immediately, simply fill out the "Free Case Evaluation" at the top of this page and we will contact you shortly after receiving your inquiry.