Doctors and healthcare organizations sometimes complain about the prevalence of medical malpractice suits, but the fact of the matter is that medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and countless lives are lost each year due to medical malpractice, not to mention injuries and worsened conditions. A major 2016 study by leading medical journal The BMJ found that medical malpractice is the third-leading cause of death in this country, resulting in 253,000 deaths in the US alone each year. Doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, and healthcare organizations all have attorneys on standby ready to fight medical malpractice suits, which is why you need an experienced medical malpractice attorney on your side. Pasadena medical malpractice attorney Andrew Ritholz has 30 years of experience in bringing and winning personal injury and medical malpractice suits, and he will work with you and your family to get the justice you deserve in your medical malpractice suit.
Winning a Medical Malpractice Claim in California
In order to bring a successful medical malpractice claim in California, an injured patient (or surviving family member) must show that the injury occurred as a foreseeable result of the medical professional’s negligent act or omission in treating the patient. Common types of medical malpractice include:
- Improper dosages
- Incorrect medications
- Errors in surgery
- Failure to diagnose
- Unnecessary surgery
- Improper reading of lab results
The first step in bringing a successful medical malpractice claim is to show that the medical provider’s actions fell below the proper standard of care. Once that is established, the next step is to prove those actions caused the patient’s injuries. Finally, the plaintiff must prove the full extent of the damages suffered so as to receive a complete financial recovery. Medical malpractice cases can thus be highly complex and challenging, but attorney Andrew Ritholz has the experience and know-how to argue for your full range of damages in a settlement negotiation or at trial.
Time is of the Essence in Bringing Your Claim
California imposes a strict statute of limitations on bringing medical malpractice claims, and if you fail to bring your claim in time, you will be unable to recover. Medical malpractice claims must be filed within one year after the plaintiff discovers or should have discovered the injury, or within three years of the actual injury, whichever comes first. Medical providers often defeat patient claims based on the California statute of limitations, so it is in your interest to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as you suspect medical malpractice has occurred.
Schedule a Consultation with a Pasadena Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice in Pasadena or Los Angeles, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Andrew Ritholz will work to get you the justice you deserve. With over 30 years experience litigating cases to successful settlements and verdicts, we know how to put forward your best case for maximum compensation. To schedule a free consultation with a Pasadena medical malpractice lawyer, contact us today.