Irvine Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Irvine Medical Malpractice Attorney

Thousands of Irvine residents trust all types of medical professionals every day, and while most medical professionals do their utmost to provide safe and effective treatment, negligence in the medical field is one of the leading causes of accidental injuries and deaths in the United States each year. If you were recently harmed by a medical professional, an Irvine medical malpractice lawyer can help you understand your options for legal recourse.

Experienced Legal Counsel for Medical Malpractice Suits in Irvine, CA

The attorneys at Easton & Easton have decades of professional experience representing personal injury claims in Irvine and surrounding communities of California, including medical malpractice cases. We know how challenging these types of cases can be and the many questions you are likely to have in the aftermath of any type of injury sustained in a medical treatment setting. Our team can help you pursue recovery of your losses in the most efficient manner.

A medical malpractice case is a unique type of personal injury case in which special rules apply. To succeed with this type of claim, the plaintiff must identify the party responsible for injuring them, prove that they violated the standard of care that applied in the situation, and then prove the full extent of the resulting damages. This can be more difficult than it may sound, but the right attorney on your side enables you to approach the situation with confidence.

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Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice in Irvine

Medical malpractice takes many forms. Whenever a medical professional’s negligence results in harm to their patient, it is malpractice, and the victim has the right to pursue compensation for all associated damages. Some of the most commonly reported forms of medical malpractice in Irvine and throughout California include:

  • Diagnostic errors. Failure to diagnose a patient, failure to provide a timely diagnosis, or misdiagnosing a patient can all lead to negative health outcomes for the victim. Doctors responsible for diagnosing their patients must follow an approved differential diagnosis procedure and deliver timely and accurate results.
  • Medication errors. Prescribing the wrong medication can lead to severe adverse reactions, and failure to fill a prescription correctly can implicate a pharmacist as liable for resulting damages. Prescribing doctors must also account for a patient’s current medications as well as known allergies and other health concerns before prescribing any medications.
  • Surgical errors. There is a degree of risk involved with every surgical procedure, but there is a major difference between an honest mistake in a very difficult surgical procedure and an injury borne from negligence in the operating room.
  • Hospital negligence. A medical malpractice case may implicate a hospital and/or their staff. Failure to maintain clean patient rooms, change patient bedding, and provide patient meals may all lead to serious harm to the patient and form grounds for a malpractice suit.
  • Anesthesia errors. Incorrect dosage of anesthesia, failure to monitor patient vital signs, and other anesthesia errors can all lead to tremendous harm, including permanent disabilities.
  • Birth injuries. Any injury to a child during childbirth can potentially lead to lifelong disabilities like cerebral palsy. Children harmed by birth injuries often experience various intellectual, physical, and social development delays, and it is also possible for a birth injury claim to involve harm to the child’s mother.

These are only a few examples of common types of medical malpractice claims filed throughout California each year. To pursue a medical malpractice case, the plaintiff must prove they had a formal doctor-patient relationship with the defendant, the defendant breached the standard of care for the treatment, and that this breach resulted in actual harm to the victim.

Compensation for Medical Malpractice in California

The objective of any personal injury case is for the plaintiff to recover the compensation they need to be as whole as possible again after suffering an injury from a defendant’s negligence. Once you have proven that malpractice caused your injury, you can seek compensation for all associated economic damages.

Claimable economic damages in your medical malpractice case are likely to include the cost of corrective and rehabilitative medical care you need to recover from the injury the defendant caused. If the injury prevents you from working, the defendant is also liable for the income you are unable to earn during this time. If a plaintiff has been permanently disabled, the defendant could face liability for the future income they can no longer earn.

It is also possible for the plaintiff in a medical malpractice suit to recover compensation for their pain and suffering. However, state law limits the amount they can receive. Your Irvine medical malpractice lawyer will assist you in maximizing this aspect of your recovery and is your most valuable asset for streamlining your proceedings, shortening the time it takes for you to recover your losses.

What to Expect From Your Irvine Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Approaching any type of medical malpractice claim can be daunting, and the right attorney in Irvine, CA, is an invaluable source of support and guidance during this challenging experience. When you choose Easton & Easton to represent your medical malpractice case in Irvine, we can immediately set to work gathering the evidence you may need to firmly establish fault for your damages. We can consult other medical professionals to obtain the expert witness testimony needed in your case.

Once we have established fault and proven that medical malpractice has indeed occurred, we can guide our client through the preliminary requirements for filing their case and prepare them for the proceedings ahead. Our goal is to help our client maximize their recovery in the shortest possible timeframe, and this typically means settling their case outside of court. However, we are prepared to represent you in litigation if necessary.

You have a time limit in which you must file your claim, and it may take longer than you expect to gather the documentation and materials needed to file a successful medical malpractice suit. The sooner you connect with legal counsel you can trust, the easier it will be for you to meet these deadlines and the more likely you will be to succeed with your claim.


Q: How Much Is a Medical Malpractice Case Worth in Irvine?

A: The plaintiff in a medical malpractice suit has the right to seek full repayment of all economic damages they sustained from the incident. While state law does not limit pain and suffering compensation for most personal injury cases, there is a cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. Your Irvine medical malpractice lawyer can advise you of the full potential value of your claim if you succeed.

Q: What Is the Pain and Suffering Cap for Medical Malpractice?

A: California legislators recently increased the cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice suits from $250,000 to $350,000, and for wrongful death from medical malpractice, the cap has increased from $250,000 to $500,000. These caps will continue to increase incrementally each year for the next several years until the cap reaches $1 million. These caps apply even if medical malpractice results in permanent disability or death.

Q: What Are the First Steps in Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim in Irvine?

A: You cannot approach a medical malpractice case the same way you would approach any other personal injury claim. You must provide the defendant with advance notice of your claim with a Notice of Intent to File Suit, and you must also send an affidavit from an appropriately qualified medical professional explaining how the defendant violated the standard of care that applied to the situation.

Q: Why Should I Hire an Irvine Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

A: Even if your case seems perfectly straightforward, the reality is that the average person would struggle significantly to succeed with any type of medical malpractice suit on their own. When you have an experienced legal team on your side, they can ensure you meet the procedural requirements for your case and that every avenue of compensation is uncovered. You’re more likely to win your case and more likely to maximize your total compensation with their help.

Q: How Much Will It Cost to Hire an Irvine Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

A: There is no need to worry about overly expensive legal fees if you choose Easton & Easton to represent your medical malpractice suit in Irvine. We take these and other personal injury cases on contingency, meaning you only pay a percentage of your final case award as our fee, so there is no risk of your legal expenses overtaking your compensation. Additionally, you only owe this fee if we win your case.

The team at Easton & Easton has years of professional experience helping our clients in Irvine with a variety of civil claims, and we are ready to apply this experience to your impending medical malpractice suit. If you are ready to learn what our firm can do for you in your case, contact us today to schedule your consultation with an Irvine medical malpractice lawyer and start working toward your recovery with confidence.

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