Medical Malpractice Attorney Serving Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire
Southern California has some of the best doctors and medical technology in the world. It’s no wonder, therefore, that many individuals who are able to do so come to hospital facilities in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire for medical care and treatment. However, even the brightest doctors and the presence of the most advanced technology do not guarantee that every medical procedure will be successful. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals may experience a lapse in judgment or may use a medical instrument improperly. This can cause the patient to experience painful injuries, mental stress and distress, and require additional medical treatment. Attorney Richard Rohde is a medical malpractice lawyer with offices in West Covina and Claremont and serves Southern California with over 15 years of experience.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice in California
Medical malpractice can cause not only painful injuries, but the very life of the patient is often placed in jeopardy. Emergency medical care is often required to correct:
Surgical Errors: The last thing you want to consider when going into surgery is that there will be a complication or that the surgeon might make a mistake. The unfortunate reality is that mistakes on the operating table do happen, and sometimes they can be life changing. We have worked with a wide variety of clients who’ve had various mistakes caused by, or due to medical negligence.
Peripartum (Postpartum) Cardiomyopathy: This fairly rare condition is where an expectant mother’s heart enlarges and weakens as a result of the pregnancy. If discovered and monitored the pregnancy can continue with little interruption. If not found, PPCM can threaten the mother and baby’s lives.
Central Venous Catheter & VP Shunt Injuries: CVC and VP Shunt cases are often fatal and if negligence is involved predominately fall into the following four categories: Placement, Insertion, Infection and Fracture/Breakage.
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 an individual’s 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.
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.
Do I Have a California Medical Malpractice Case?
You do not have a medical malpractice case simply because you did not obtain the outcome you desired from your medical procedure or treatment. Instead, medical malpractice suits are typically filed where the medical professional involved made an error or mistake that no other reasonable medical professional would have made under similar circumstances. This can require you and your California medical malpractice attorney to obtain and present (at minimum):
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;
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 standing in the shoes of your doctor or nurse should have done under the circumstances.
Evidence of an injury: Whether you needed additional care and treatment as a result of the medical mistake or your life expectancy was reduced, you must be able to establish that the medical error harmed you in some tangible way.
Contact Rohde Law Office Today
If you or a loved one were harmed by a surgical error, misdiagnosis, or other act of medical carelessness in California, contact Rohde Law Office located in Claremont and West Covina today @ (626) 593-5786. We will fight aggressively to help you obtain compensation for your injuries and begin to pull your life back together. Attorney Richard Rohde is a medical malpractice attorney serving Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire including: West Covina, Pomona, San Dimas, La Verne, San Bernardino, and Riverside.