A Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Allow You to Focus on Recovery
The majority of doctors and healthcare providers are dedicated healers, providing services that greatly benefit their patients. In some unfortunate cases, negligent acts violate patient trust and caregivers actually cause grievous harm. Medical malpractice impacts thousands of people in the Bay area, and throughout the country. If you believe you or a loved one has suffered due to the careless act of a health provider, you may be eligible for economic compensation. A medical malpractice attorney at Bowles & Verna in Walnut Creek, CA, can provide effective legal representation for victims, seeking full compensation for caregiver negligence.
We offer in-depth experience, along with a commitment to pursuit of the best possible outcome for all our clients.
About Medical Malpractice
National statistics count hundreds of thousands of patients injured or killed each year because of errors occurring in hospitals and medical offices. There are many shocking, highly publicized stories - a surgical instrument left inside a patient’s body or the wrong body part amputated. We hear less about the more common occurrences, when a physician fails to properly treat a patient’s dangerous disease or a technician misreads test results.
The most common types of medical malpractice cases litigated in civil court include:
- Birth Injuries – Birth trauma can cause cerebral palsy or traumatic brain injury from oxygen deprivation. Malpractice can also occur during prenatal care or in the neonatal nursery.
- Pharmaceutical Errors – A patient’s medication can be mismanaged, causing catastrophic complications. Patients may be prescribed the wrong drug or the wrong dose, or a drug that reacts with medication being taken concurrently.
- Misdiagnosis/Failure to Diagnose – A doctor will sometimes overlook a patient’s symptoms or make a hasty diagnosis that is dangerously inaccurate. Or, a doctor diagnoses the disease but fails to treat it appropriately.
- Surgical Error – Mistakes in the operating room leave many patients with a serious injury or even result in wrongful death. Errors can be caused by the anesthesiologist, surgeon, or even a nurse.
- Nursing Home Malpractice – Residents of nursing care facilities are not always well treated. There are cases of abuse and neglect that cause physical and psychological injury or worse.
Legal Recourse for Patients and Families
When medical malpractice results in serious injury or death, the victim or victims can be compensated for losses. Depending upon the circumstances of the case, the insurance carrier may offer a settlement or a plaintiff can file a lawsuit in civil court. It is important to obtain the help of an experienced malpractice attorney who can help you prove liability and establish damages.
In California, victims can receive full compensation for economic damages, which include medical bills related to the malpractice incident, loss of wages, loss of future income, and expenses for ongoing care and medical equipment. The State places a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and reduced quality of life.
About Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death
Thousands of patients are catastrophically injured through malpractice, and some of these injuries prove fatal. The patient’s passing does not have to be immediate, but if death is ultimately the result of an incident of medical malpractice, it may be considered wrongful death.
The sudden death of a close family member is emotionally devastating, and the shock waves can be far-reaching. With decades of experience, we offer compassionate advice and results-oriented representation.
Wrongful death is a legal term for fatal injury brought about by another party’s negligent act or purposeful misconduct. For example, a negligence case where a physician overlooked a patient’s symptoms until her treatable cancer was discovered too late. Misdiagnosis and failure to treat cancer, heart attacks, and other dangerous conditions are among the most deadly forms of medical malpractice.
Lawsuits and Damages
Every state has different civil laws, but in California, wrongful death lawsuits can be filed by any heir of the deceased. Most often they are brought by close family members who were financially dependent on the victim. In medical malpractice cases, California law places a cap on non-economic damages, and this applies to malpractice wrongful death cases as well.
In addition to the $250,000 cap on non-economic damages, wrongful death victims are entitled to damages for financial losses, including:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical and hospital bills
- Lost income, including future income the deceased would have been expected to earn
- The monetary value of household services
- Loss of anticipated financial support
Why Trust Our Firm with Your Case?
At Bowles & Verna, we have assisted many victims of medical malpractice, securing maximum compensation under the law. We are a large, international firm staffed with seasoned trial attorneys. We offer in-depth experience, along with a commitment to pursue the best possible outcome for all our clients.
We are also unwaveringly thorough in our assessment of wrongful death damages for our clients, providing in-depth analysis of immediate and future losses. After decades spent working for victims and families, we fully understand the degree of loss and the long-term repercussions our clients experience. Experience in the investigative process is also important in these cases, where substantiated evidence of malpractice is crucial. We employ the use of medical experts and other professionals, as needed.
Unfortunately, we cannot take every potential malpractice case. But, if we see evidence of negligent wrongdoing causing demonstrative damages, we are prepared to fight hard for your right to full restitution.
Contact Our Office
Bowles & Verna offers a free consultation for medical malpractice victims. Please contact our office today to schedule an appointment.