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Knowledgeable Medical Malpractice Lawyers In Orange County

A 1999 study estimated that between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die each year in hospitals from medical errors. This does not include the tens of thousands who do not die but whose medical conditions are substantially worsened due to medical negligence in both hospitals and doctor’s offices.

Sometimes the Medical Malpractice is obvious, as in this case where a retractor blade was left inside our client after Gall Bladder Surgery.

With these kinds of numbers you would think that it would be easy to win a medical malpractice suit, yet about 85% of medical malpractice cases tried in Southern California are won by the defense. This is because the law favors the doctors, the insurance industry has biased jurors in favor of the medical profession by falsely creating a medical malpractice crisis, the insurance companies have good lawyers defending the doctors, and the insurance industry has no trouble getting good doctors to testify on the defendant doctor’s behalf.

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To have a reasonable chance at winning a medical malpractice case in a system stacked against you, you need attorneys who regularly handle, settle, and try medical malpractice cases. Easton & Easton, LLP regularly handles, settles, and tries medical malpractice lawsuits and has done so for more than 15 years, and Doug Easton has done so for more than 30 years.

Medical malpractice takes many forms, and we have represented injured plaintiffs in all kinds of cases. It can sometimes be as simple and obvious as leaving a surgical retractor blade inside the abdomen during a gallbladder surgery or as complicated as failing to properly monitor the calcium levels in a newborn with a heart defect that caused a heart arrest, anoxia, and brain damage. It can be due to erroneously injecting chemotherapy agents to treat cancer into the breast tissue with accompanying breast necrosis instead of into the vein through a port-a-cath. It can be due to a failure to timely recognize and treat a drug reaction. It can be due to failing to timely diagnose a fracture or failing to properly reduce and set a fracture after it was diagnosed. It can be due to a nurse failing to observe appropriate fall precautions or a laboratory computer failing to properly count and interpret blood platelets.

Allergic reactions to certain types of drugs can cause a burning type of injury.

Serving Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County And San Diego County

Whatever the cause of the medical malpractice, Easton & Easton, LLP, is prepared and ready to advise you about the merits of your claim.

We understand the tricks, stratagems, and defenses the insurance companies and their attorneys use to defeat or minimize a medical malpractice claim, and at Easton & Easton, LLP we utilize our experience, skill, and dedication to make certain our clients do not fall victim to the insurance companies’ tricks and strategies.

Please call us at 800-461-8259 for a free initial consultation. If we do not take your case, there is no charge.

Click on the following link to read an article published by Matthew D. Easton regarding the difficult plight facing California Medical Malpractice Victims and the way in which the California Courts should redress the issue.

Three Things You Should Know If You Believe Medical Malpractice Has Occurred

Obtain a copy of all of your medical records immediately. Records can be changed, and it is essential to get a copy as soon as possible.

Write out a narrative of what happened in as much detail as you can.

Call Easton & Easton, LLP as soon as possible so we can advise you what to do next.

How to Identify Medical Malpractice

Medicine is a very complex and constantly changing field. The medical community relies on clinical trials, scientific reports, and practical results to determine the best course of action for every known medical condition. Medical malpractice is the legal term that defines a healthcare professional’s failure to adhere to these best practices, called standard of care, for a patient’s condition.

In the legal world, a plaintiff with a medical malpractice claim must prove four distinct elements of negligence to succeed with this type of lawsuit:

  • The plaintiff must have a record of an official doctor-patient relationship with the defendant. It is only possible to pursue a medical malpractice claim against a medical professional who provided direct medical treatment.
  • The plaintiff and their attorney must then prove that the patient’s condition required a certain standard of care. This often requires consulting the medical community and/or obtaining other medical experts’ opinions.
  • Next, the plaintiff’s attorney must prove the defendant failed to meet the appropriate standard of care for the situation in question. This generally requires proving that another similarly skilled healthcare professional in the same situation would have acted differently.
  • Finally, it is essential to prove that the deviation from the standard of care caused damage or suffering to the patient. This could mean increased medical bills, disability, or other harm.

Successfully proving these elements is just one of the many obstacles facing injured patients seeking compensation for medical malpractice. It is also typically necessary to submit a medical malpractice claim for official review from the appropriate medical board before such a case can proceed. Experienced Orange County med mal lawyers will also usually arrange a second or even third opinion from another doctor to support the claim. If the medical board determines that malpractice has occurred, they will issue the plaintiff a Notice of Right to Sue, allowing them to continue their civil action in court.

Potential Compensation From Your Medical Malpractice Claim

Medical malpractice can cause devastating losses to a patient who expects to receive safe, effective, and competently administered medical care. Medical malpractice lawsuits fall under the purview of personal injury law, so a medical malpractice plaintiff can expect to secure the same types of damages as they could in most other personal injury cases with some exceptions.

The first type of compensable damage a patient can claim is increased medical expenses. A negligent medical error can easily cause a host of medical complications, increased pain, and even disability or death. A plaintiff in a medical malpractice lawsuit can potentially recover compensation for both immediate and future medical bills resulting from a healthcare professional’s negligence.

In the event medical malpractice harms a patient in such a way that they cannot work, the patient can claim their lost income and/or lost future earning capacity as economic damages in their medical malpractice claim. They can also claim the cost of additional expenses incurred as a result of the malpractice in question, such as the cost of a wheelchair or other medical device the patient needs following the experience in question.

Pain and Suffering in CA Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

California civil law allows personal injury victims to claim compensation for their physical pain and psychological suffering resulting from the negligence of others, and this rule also applies to medical malpractice lawsuits. However, California state law caps the amount of pain and suffering compensation a plaintiff can receive at $250,000 in medical malpractice claims. No matter how substantial the plaintiff’s other damages may be, this is the maximum amount they can expect to receive in noneconomic compensation from a medical malpractice claim.

An experienced Orange County med mal lawyer can provide their client with an idea of how much compensation they can expect to receive from a successful suit should they succeed with their case. If you have experienced any type of injury due to a medical professional’s malpractice, consult with an experienced Orange County med mal attorney as soon as possible to start building your case.

Winning Your Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

The first step in succeeding with a medical malpractice claim is establishing the four basic components of a medical malpractice claim: a doctor-patient relationship, the patient’s standard of care, the defendant’s breach, and the resulting harm. Next is completing the medical board review process. Once a medical board has determined the plaintiff has justifiable cause to pursue a medical malpractice claim, the plaintiff and their attorney can begin building their claim.

The strength of a medical malpractice claim hinges on the availability and accuracy of evidence. The plaintiff should expect to produce substantial documentation, including medical records, police reports, specialist reports, and second opinions from other doctors. It is also common for expert witnesses to play crucial roles in medical malpractice claims. For example, many Orange County med mal lawyers consult with physicians and other professional experts to clarify certain aspects of their cases, such as a plaintiff’s likelihood to develop permanent disability following a medical injury.

The crux of a medical malpractice lawsuit often boils down to whether or not the defendant acted in a manner consistent with the standard of care that the medical community deems appropriate for the situation in question. If not, the defendant will likely face liability for the plaintiff’s damages.

Find Your Orange County Med Mal Lawyers Today

One of the most important factors when it comes to a plaintiff’s likelihood of success with a medical malpractice claim is the quality of the plaintiff’s legal counsel. The team at Easton & Easton has decades of experience handling the most complicated medical malpractice claims. As your Orange County med mal lawyers, you can rest assured we will aggressively investigate every aspect of your claim and explore every possible avenue of compensation open to you under state law.

If you are ready to discuss your medical malpractice claim with an experienced Orange County med mal lawyer, contact Easton & Easton today for more information about our legal services. We will provide compassionate and responsive legal counsel through every phase of your case and do everything in our power to maximize your recovery.

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The superior client service Easton & Easton provides has earned the firm an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen anew each year since 2014 by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as one of the "Best Law Firms" for the Southern California Metro Area.

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen by the LA Times Reader's Choice Poll as "The Best Personal Injury Law Firm in Orange County" for 2018.

Doug and Brian Easton have been selected as Top 100 Trial Lawyers for California each year since 2014 — honors given to less than 1% of attorneys.

Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.

Brian and Matt Easton were recently honored for their efforts in securing a $1,850,000 verdict for a client in 2016, which was selected as one of the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California by TopVerdict.com.

Doug and Brian have each been selected by Super Lawyers, an honor given to less than 5% of attorneys. Matt Easton has been selected among Super Lawyers' Up-and-Coming Top 25 in Orange County and Top 100 in Southern Califonia, an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys under 40 years old.

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen as one of the "10 Best Personal Injury Law Firms” in all of Southern California" each year Since 2015 based on client satisfaction — one of the highest honors we could ever hope to achieve.

Easton & Easton received the “People Love Us On Yelp” award in 2016 due to the exceptional client satisfaction reviews given by our clients over the years.

Doug and Matt Easton have each been featured as Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for California since 2015 — honors given to less than 1% of attorneys.

Brian and Matt Easton have each earned lifetime appointment to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum — The Top Trial Lawyers in AmericaTM through the results achieved for their clients. This is an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys in the United States.

Doug Easton has held the “AV Preeminent” Rating for over 30 years and Matt Easton received this prestigious distinction in 2015. The "AV Preeminent" rating is the highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards, and is based on the legal profession’s oldest peer review rating system, dating back to 1887.

Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been chosen as one of the "10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys in Southern California each year since 2015 based on client satisfaction, an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys - and Easton & Easton houses three of them.

Brian Easton was selected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2015. ABOTA is one of the most premier associations of trial attorneys and judges, requiring a certain number of jury trials as lead counsel and approval by a majority vote of the ABOTA board.

Matt Easton has been selected each year since 2014 as one of the Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40 for California by The National Trial Lawyers — an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys.

Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.

Both Doug and Matt Easton have been selected as Top Personal Injury Attorneys by Avvo with scores of 10 out of 10 based on their skill, experience, results, peer evaluations, and client reviews.

Matt Easton has been selected as one of the Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys Under 40 in California for 2015 by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys — an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys under the age of 40.

Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been selected by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel among the Nation's Top One Percent of Attorneys each year since 2017.

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