If your doctor or hospital has been negligent in providing adequate medical attention, our attorneys help you seek compensation. When you entrust your well-being to a licensed healthcare provider, you deserve a minimum duty of care. You may have a case for medical malpractice if:
- Your doctor has misdiagnosed or failed to diagnose a disease or medical condition
- You did not receive appropriate medical treatment for a specific condition
- Your treatment was delayed for an unreasonable period of time
Do not wait to contact a lawyer. The statute of limitations restricts the time you have to file your claim. The law also requires that physicians receive 90 days notice of the intention of filing the lawsuit, and limits non-economic damages like pain and suffering to $250,000. Your judgment may be further offset by payments you have received from your insurance, government agencies, and other collateral sources.
Speak to an attorney for a more detailed analysis of your case. The initial consultation is free, and if we take your personal injury case, we will not get paid unless we obtain a favorable verdict or settlement. We bear all the upfront costs of preparing your case for trial, and support the hiring of expert witnesses with the pertinent education and training to testify on your behalf.
Case Study: Dental Malpractice
Mr. Biegel represented a young woman who developed a cancer in her lower jaw. Unfortunately, her treating dentist failed to diagnose the growth, even though he had an X-ray, which clearly showed its presence. Had the dentist noted the cancer and referred her immediately to a specialist, a relatively minor surgical procedure could have solved the problem. Instead, when the growth was finally discovered, a substantial surgery was required in which the client's lower jawbone had to be replaced with a portion of her tibia. The case settled just prior to trial for a substantial six-figure amount.
Case Study: Medical Malpractice by Gynecologist
Our firm represented a woman who underwent an exploratory laparoscopy, during which her OB/GYN perforated her small bowel—resulting in peritonitis and subsequent surgeries. Monterey Attorney Vicki Schermer-Kleinkopf's careful review of the medical records uncovered the fact that the doctor had "adjusted" the patient's chart by adding entries after the surgery to make her performance look above the standard of care. The firm settled this case with both the doctor and the hospital for a substantial six figure amount, even in light of California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) damage limit.
Case Study: Medical Malpractice by Orthopedist
We have successfully sued an orthopedist who negligently performed hip replacement surgery—resulting in a leg length disparity that caused the client to have to undergo successive surgeries to correct the problem. The case was settled for an amount that the defense attorney initially claimed would never be paid, but it was and the settlement resulted thereafter.