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If You Were Hurt by Negligence, We Can Help!

We trust doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals with our lives. When this trust is violated, the results can be tragic. If you or someone in your family has suffered harm because of medical negligence, you may face a wide range of hardships. It is important to remember that no matter how medical malpractice has impacted your life, you have rights.

The Law Offices of Robert Vaage can help you understand your rights and aggressively fight for them. Our firm’s founder, Attorney Robert Vaage, is dedicated to helping you obtain compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other hardships.

Call us today at (619) 739-4040 for a free legal consultation with a San Diego medical malpractice lawyer.

What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice is generally defined as a negligent act or omission by a doctor or other medical professional resulting in damage or harm to a patient. Medical malpractice is involved in more than 80,000 deaths a year in the United States. Less than two percent of all cases ever turn into medical malpractice lawsuits. Hundreds of thousands more fail to recover properly from their illnesses, are misdiagnosed, or are actively injured by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals.

Medical malpractice claims and lawsuits are primarily based upon medical records, the testimony of medical experts, and other highly technical matters. Negligence by a medical professional can include an error in diagnosis, treatment, or illness management.

To establish medical negligence, the injured patient must be able to prove:

  • The existence of a duty owed by the healthcare professional to the plaintiff
  • A deviation from the applicable standard of care by the healthcare professional, which is deemed a breach of the duty owed to the patient
  • A causal relationship between the health care professionals’ deviation from the standard of care and the patient’s injury
  • Injury or harm to the patient

Proving liability in a medical malpractice claim is incredibly difficult but is key to recovering full compensation. At the Law Offices of Robert Vaage, our team of attorneys has years of legal experience and has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. If you have been seriously injured by a medical professional, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How Long You Have to File a Claim

The statute of limitations on medical malpractice cases in the state of California is three years. This means you have three years from the date of your injury to file a claim or you may lose your right to pursue compensation. California does recognize some exceptions to this three-year rule, one of the most noticeable being the discovery rule. Individuals you did not discover their injuries initially have one year from the date of the discovery of their injuries.

Additionally, the state of California has exceptions in the case of injuries to children. If a child under the age of six suffers an injury due to medical malpractice they have either until their eighth birthday or three years from the injury to file a claim, whichever offers a greater period of time. To learn more about the statute of limitations and how it may affect your specific case, contact our law firm and speak to one of our knowledgeable attorneys.

The Law Offices of Robert Vaage is dedicated to fighting for justice on behalf of individuals harmed by medical negligence in San Diego. Hospitals, like Kaiser Permanente, put up a tough defense, so you need aggressive representation in order to recover the compensation you deserve. Call us today to at (619) 739-4040!

Common Instances of Medical Negligence

Medical malpractice laws are designed to protect patients’ rights to pursue compensation if they are injured as a result of negligence. Victims of medical malpractice may be entitled to compensation for lost income, the cost of health and personal care, and other damages related to their injuries.

Some medical malpractice cases that you or a loved one may have been a victim to include:

  • Birth injuries related to negligence during delivery or mistakes in prenatal care
  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, or stroke
  • Surgical negligence including improper positioning of a patient on an operating table, failure to monitor, improper use of anesthetic agents, or wrong-site surgery
  • Pediatric negligence
  • OB/GYN negligence, such as failure to identify high-risk factors in expectant mothers during prenatal care
  • Medication errors by a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist
  • Hospital staff or administration negligence such as insufficient staffing or poor training

Grieving survivors of medical malpractice victims can also pursue payment for damages by filing a wrongful death claim.

Seek the Help of A San Diego Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you believe you have a medical malpractice claim, do not hesitate to seek our firm’s assistance. Medical malpractice suits can be complex and expensive. Our attorneys have the resources to fully investigate every aspect of your case in order to prove that malpractice has occurred. We have more than 30 years of experience with personal injury cases and are committed to helping you fight for your legal rights and pursue the appropriate compensation for your loss.

Contact us today for the skilled and well-versed legal representation you need for your medical malpractice case.

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