15+ Year Experienced Los Angeles Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Los Angeles has some of the best doctors and hospitals in the country, and people come from all over the world to to have necessary procedures and elective surgeries performed. In fact, UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center were ranked as the #7 and #8 hospitals in the country for 2018 & 2019 by U.S. News & World Report. However, no matter what hospital or doctor you go to, misdiagnosis, surgical errors and medical negligence can occur and not every procedure will go as intended. Doctors, nurses, surgeons and other medical professionals can experience a lapse in judgment, operate irresponsibly, or may use a medical instrument improperly. This can cause the patient to endure temporary or lifelong painful injuries, stress, loss of income, and require additional medical treatment that may be more complex or painful than the original procedure. Richard Rohde is a Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyer with over 15 years of experience and has recovered millions of dollars for his clients throughout Southern California.
How Does Medical Malpractice Occur? Do You Have A Case?
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have a medical malpractice case simply because you weren’t happy with the outcome of your treatment, the procedure didn’t go as planned, or the doctor or nurses didn’t accommodate your requests. Instead, medical malpractice lawsuits are only filed where the medical professional involved made an error in your treatment or procedure that no other reasonable medical professional would have made in that specific circumstance. In California, pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit is extremely complex and incredibly expensive, and the resolutions are unfortunately often capped by our restrictive MICRA laws. This means that you must contact a law firm focusing on medical neglect like Rohde Law Office, APC who has the experience to take your matter all the way to trial if it qualifies. This can require you and Mr. Rohde obtain and present (at minimum):
An evaluation of the medical professional’s actions in light of his or her education, experience, and any standards in the local medical community – all of which will likely require consultation with one or more medical expert witnesses. These same witnesses may need to provide additional evidence or testimony indicating what a reasonable medical professional should have done under the circumstances of your medical circumstance.
Your complete medical records and history showing the nature of any preexisting conditions, the type of procedure or treatment your medical professional was supposed to obtain, and any notes regarding the procedure or treatment itself;
Proof of an injury: Proving damages in a medical malpractice case can sometimes be difficult because it goes far beyond temporary discomfort or pain. We need to prove that you needed additional care and treatment as a result of the medical mistake or your life expectancy was reduced. We must be able to establish that the medical error harmed you in some tangible way.
Typical Medical Malpractice & Medical Mistakes:
Medical malpractice can cause painful injuries and place the life of the patient in jeopardy. Emergency medical care is often required to correct:
Misdiagnosis: When a doctor or nurse evaluates a patient’s signs, symptoms, and test results and diagnoses the patient with the wrong disease or condition – or, worse, fails to notice any disease or condition at all – a patient’s likelihood of surviving the condition can be negatively impacted. Unless the patient thinks to obtain a second opinion, serious or even life-threatening conditions may be left untreated and may cause additional pain and suffering to the patient. Receiving a misdiagnosis doesn’t automatically qualify you for any compensation, it must meet a list of criteria.
Cardiac tamponade, a condition which results in the buildup of fluid around the heart due to an injury to the pericardium. If left untreated, cardiac tamponade can deprive your body of oxygen-rich blood and lead to shock or cardiac arrest. The pericardium (which surrounds the heart) can be injured during an angiography or during the insertion of a pacemaker or catheter.
Infection and sepsis: When your immune system is compromised or the skin and muscle tissue (which acts to shield the individual from harmful bacteria) is opened and exposed (such as during a surgery), an individual’s risk of developing an infection and/or “sepsis” are dramatically increased. Left untreated, infections can spread and eventually lead to death.
Contact Rohde Law Office, APC Today
If you or a loved one were harmed by a surgical error, misdiagnosis, or other act of medical neglect or carelessness in Los Angeles, contact Rohde Law Office today @ (626) 593-5786. We have 2 offices in Los Angeles County and serve all courts in Southern California. We will fight aggressively to help you obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries and begin to piece your life back together.