Costa Mesa Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Costa Mesa Medical Malpractice Attorney

The term “medical malpractice” applies to any situation in which a medical professional’s negligence causes harm to their patient. While thousands of people in the state trust their healthcare providers every day, medical malpractice is a leading cause of accidental injuries and deaths throughout the state. A Costa Mesa medical malpractice lawyer is an essential resource if you believe you have been harmed by medical malpractice of any kind.

Representing Medical Malpractice Claims in Costa Mesa, CA

The attorneys at Easton & Easton have years of professional experience helping our clients recover from medical malpractice and many other types of personal injuries in Costa Mesa. We know how challenging medical malpractice claims can be and the various issues you might encounter as you seek compensation for the damages you suffered.

Our team takes time to get to know our clients, learning everything we can about the effects of their injury and the toll the medical malpractice they experienced has taken on the victim and their family. Our goal for every medical malpractice claim we accept is to help our client maximize their recovery and secure as much compensation as possible for their damages.

When you choose our team to represent your case in Costa Mesa, we can immediately begin gathering the evidence you need to build the foundation of an effective medical malpractice claim. You can rely on us to help prove the full scope of the damages you can seek from the defendant and prepare you for the procedural requirements you will need to meet to succeed with the claim.

Costa Mesa Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Preparing Your Medical Malpractice Suit in Costa Mesa

While a medical malpractice case in Costa Mesa, CA is a form of personal injury claim, there are special rules that apply to these cases that do not apply to most other personal injury cases filed in California. First, it will be essential to obtain a statement from a medical professional who holds board certifications similar to the defendant’s. This individual must explain how the defendant breached the standard of care for the situation.

The term “standard of care” refers to the minimum level of treatment that a patient should have received for their diagnosis. This term also applies to approved methods for treating known injuries and illnesses. Medical professionals are required to adhere to their patients’ standards of care at all times unless the patient’s unique medical issues prevent them from doing so safely.

Medical malpractice can happen in various ways, and the most commonly cited examples include:

  • Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to diagnose a patient accurately in a timely fashion.
  • Medication errors, such as prescribing or administering the wrong medication and/or wrong dosage, or failure to account for patient allergies and interactions with other medications.
  • Anesthesia errors.
  • Surgical errors, such as performing the wrong procedure on the patient or injuring a patient due to negligence during a procedure.
  • Birth injuries, which may negatively affect a newborn and/or the mother during childbirth, potentially resulting in life-threatening complications and lifelong disability for the child.

These are only a few examples. It’s not only possible for medical malpractice to cause tremendous harm to the victim, but it is also possible for fatal injuries to occur. If you have lost a family member due to negligent medical care, it can form the basis of a medical malpractice claim under the state’s wrongful death statutes.

Success with the claim will require proof that a formal doctor-patient relationship existed between the plaintiff and the defendant, that the defendant directly caused the plaintiff’s damages through negligence, and that another similarly skilled physician in the same situation likely could have avoided the harm done to the patient. Next, the plaintiff will need to prove the full extent of the damages the defendant caused.

Claimable Damages in Your Medical Malpractice Case

A medical malpractice case is a form of personal injury claim, and the main objective of any personal injury claim is to prove liability for the plaintiff’s damages and to recover compensation for those damages. Like in most other personal injury claims, the plaintiff in a medical malpractice suit has the right to seek compensation for all economic losses they suffered because of the defendant’s actions:

  • The defendant is responsible for all corrective medical treatment the plaintiff requires to heal as fully as possible from the injury the defendant caused. This includes both immediate care and ongoing rehabilitative treatment if the plaintiff suffered severe injuries.
  • When the plaintiff is unable to work because of their injury, the defendant is liable for the income the plaintiff could not earn during this time. This applies to the value of any vacation time or other paid time off the plaintiff was forced to use in the aftermath of their injury.
  • Unfortunately, some victims of medical malpractice are left permanently disabled and cannot work due to their injuries. If this applies to your situation, you can seek compensation for the future income you are no longer able to earn because of the defendant’s actions. Your Costa Mesa medical malpractice law firm can be invaluable for the help they can provide in accurately calculating your lost earning power.

When you choose the right attorney to handle your case, you might be surprised to discover that you can claim much more than you initially expected. However, it is important to remember your recovery does not end with compensation for your economic damages. You will also have the right to seek pain and suffering compensation from the defendant, but state law limits how much you can claim.

Other factors may also influence your final case award. For example, if you were harmed by illegal misconduct of any kind, the defendant may owe punitive damages and/or restitution alongside compensation for the economic damages they caused. Your attorney can advise you as to how any such factors could affect your total recovery.

Most medical malpractice cases filed in Costa Mesa settle outside of the courtroom, but litigation may be required if the defendant denies liability or disputes the extent of damages sought by the plaintiff. The team at Easton & Easton can help settle your medical malpractice suit if possible, but if any courtroom proceedings are necessary, you can count on our team for representation through all required litigation.

Medical Malpractice FAQs

Q: What Is the Statute of Limitations on Medical Malpractice?

A: If you plan to file a medical malpractice claim in Costa Mesa, you must meet the statute of limitations or time limit for filing your case. The standard statute of limitations for medical malpractice is three years, starting on the date your injury occurred, or you have one year from the date you discovered your injury to file the claim. Alternative statutes apply for medical malpractice injuries to infants and surgical tools left inside a patient’s body.

Q: What Is the Average Settlement for Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

A: If you can prove that you were injured by medical malpractice, state law enables you to claim the full scope of the economic damages you suffered from the injury. These may include the cost of corrective medical care and rehabilitation as well as lost income and lost future earning capacity. You may also claim pain and suffering compensation, but this aspect of your case award is limited under state law.

Q: What Are the Defendant’s Penalties for Medical Malpractice in Costa Mesa?

A: The medical professional who injured you is liable for the full extent of the civil damages you suffered from the incident; they can also face professional consequences as well. Some doctors have lost their medical licenses due to malpractice, and some have even been criminally prosecuted for causing harm to patients through illegal misconduct.

Q: Will I Win More Compensation if I Hire a Costa Mesa Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

A: Hiring reliable legal counsel for your claim is the most effective way to ensure the highest possible case award for medical malpractice. A seasoned Costa Mesa medical malpractice lawyer will know every available channel of compensation in your case and assist you in making the strongest possible case for maximum compensation under the state’s medical malpractice statutes.

Q: What Will It Cost to Hire a Costa Mesa Medical Malpractice Attorney?

A: The team at Easton & Easton can provide the legal counsel you need without adding to your financial concerns. We take medical malpractice cases and other personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning our client only pays our firm a fee after we have won their case. Additionally, the contingency fee is a percentage of their case award, so they pay nothing if we are unable to secure a recovery on their behalf.

The attorneys at Easton & Easton have years of professional experience helping clients in Costa Mesa resolve the most challenging personal injury cases, including those arising from medical malpractice. We know the unique difficulties you could face in seeking compensation for your losses, and we want to help you recover as fully as the law allows. Contact Easton & Easton today to schedule your consultation with a Costa Mesa medical malpractice lawyer and find out how we can help.

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