The effects of a medical mistake can be devastating. If a medical professional’s negligence or mistake leaves you injured, ill or otherwise harmed, you have a right to take legal action. At the Law Offices of John E. Hill, P.C., our lawyers offer comprehensive support to clients seeking rightful compensation for medical costs, physical pain and emotional anguish they suffer as a result of receiving substandard medical care.
Having represented clients located throughout Northern California since 1993, our attorneys understand the detailed investigations required to move forward with medical malpractice claims.Medical Malpractice Is a Serious Concern in the United States
The rate at which patients are injured or die from preventable medical mistakes is steadily escalating. Recent studies indicate that more than 1,000 people die every day from medically preventable adverse events (PAEs), making medical error the third-leading cause of death in our country. In addition, according to testimony before a Senate subcommittee, approximately 10,000 patients suffer complications from medical error every day.
When you suffer injury in a car crash, slip and fall accident or other incident, you need medical care. If mistakes are made in your treatment, you may suffer further injury or disability in addition to the condition for which you initially sought treatment. Our attorneys provide unwavering legal support to victims of preventable medical errors such as the following:
- Birth injuries — Medical mistakes made during the childbirth process can cause a lifetime of damage. Parents and their children depend on medical professionals for a high level of care. When that care falls short and a birth injury occurs, permanent disability may result.
- Nursing home injuries — Senior citizens are a highly vulnerable population. The elderly are susceptible to abuse and neglect when under professional care, particularly in nursing homes. Poor hygiene, pressure sores, emotional withdrawal and physical injury are among the symptoms of neglect or abuse.
- Medication and surgical errors — From wrong-site surgery to an incorrect prescription or dosage, medical errors related to treatment, surgery and recovery occur too often.
- Failure to diagnose — Patients who present symptoms and seek treatment for illnesses or other medical conditions only to receive incorrect diagnoses or no diagnosis at all can suffer extensively as their conditions progress. Some illnesses, such as certain cancers, are treatable early on but deadly in later stages. A doctor who fails to diagnose a condition properly, thereby delaying crucial treatment, may be found negligent for missing key indicators that any reasonable physician would be expected to notice.
Of course, not all medical errors qualify as malpractice, so it is important to consult an attorney before taking legal action against a doctor, nurse or hospital.Secure Legal Help From Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Oakland
A medical or surgical mistake can have a profound impact on your life. If you or a loved one suffers injury due to an error by a medical professional or nursing home, seek help from knowledgeable legal professionals. To set up a free consultation with the Law Offices of John E. Hill, call (510) 588-1000 or contact our firm online. Hablamos español.