In California, there are two basic types of lawsuits which can be filed after a person passes away due to another’s negligence or wrongdoing: a wrongful death lawsuit and a survival action. In a wrongful death claim, the immediate family of the deceased files a lawsuit seeking damages for the family’s own pain and suffering,...
According to a study by the Joint Commission, most medical malpractice or other errors occur when patients are transferred between doctors or neighboring hospitals. The Joint Commission, an independent, non-profit organization which oversees over 20,000 U.S. hospitals, found that patient transfers were the leading cause of medical malpractice errors in the country. According to their...
Diagnosing diseases and conditions which can manifest themselves in a myriad of ways is a complicated process. While doctors are not expected to come up with perfect diagnoses after only a few minutes with each client, a missed diagnosis which is not addressed within a reasonable amount of time can cost patients time, money, and...
Sometimes, receiving compensation for your medical bills or pain and suffering after an accident is simply not enough. When the person who caused your injury acted in an especially reckless or outrageous way, you may be able to punish them for their actions by seeking punitive damages in your personal injury lawsuit. What Are Punitive Damages?...
Like all other technology, medical advancements are happening at a record pace. One of the most exciting developments of the last decade has been the rise of medical or surgical robots, which can perform complicated and delicate surgeries which were previously delegated to the most skilled surgeons. While robot surgery may sound like something out...
Most Los Angelinos have the privilege of seeking medical treatment at some of the most highly-rated hospitals in the world. Californians who live in more rural areas of the state, however, may be more likely to suffer complications due to medical malpractice or other errors leading to death than their urban counterparts. The Journal of...
Spinal cord injuries have a profound effect on the lives of injured people and their families. Besides the physical and emotional toll that these injuries take, the financial costs of living with a spinal cord injury (SCI) are substantial. Most families cannot handle these costs by themselves; that is why personal injury lawsuits after an...
A burn injury is often the result of underlying negligence. Whether the burn is the result of carelessness, or can be traced back to the negligence of a product’s manufacturer or business’ policies, the root cause of most burns can be traced back to someone other than the victim. When a burn is caused by...
Not every injury is an accident. While the idea of a personal injury lawsuit usually brings to mind things like car crashes or falls on a slippery floor, sometimes people intentionally hurt others and are just as responsible for the damages and medical bills as anyone else who caused an injury. When a person intentionally...
It is human nature to want to help people in an emergency. Whether you stumble upon an injured person or witness an accident, most people feel the need to help out in any way possible. For the average lay person without medical training, attempting to help someone who is injured is a scary prospect. While...
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