Do you wonder if an injury to you or a loved one resulted from a medical mistake? Are you concerned that your child’s injury may be due to medical negligence? Have you, or a loved one, been forced to miss time at work due to a medical negligence injury? Are you having to go through physical pain and emotional suffering due to an injury while under the care of a doctor, hospital or medical group? Do you suspect your loved one died because of physician error?
If you answered yes to any of these questions it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney serving Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The medical malpractice attorneys at The Cifarelli Law Firm, located in Irvine, CA have handled a wide variety of medical malpractice cases since 1979. Our legal team understands the significant trauma, and often overwhelming expense, victims of medical malpractice experience, and we work diligently to obtain the compensation they need and deserve to move forward in life. Contact us today by dialing (949) 502-8600 to discuss your case.
Handling A Wide Spectrum Of Medical And Surgical Errors
Over the years, the medical negligence attorneys at The Cifarelli Law Firm have obtained many notable verdicts and awards for victims of medical mistakes. Our lawyers have successfully represented many clients in all facets of medical malpractice litigation, including:
- Anesthesia errors
- Brain injury and spinal cord injury: these can be due to anesthesia, medication and surgical errors
- Birth, obstetrical and pediatric injuries including Erb’s Palsy, Cerebral Palsy and Shoulder Dystocia
- Failure to diagnose cancer, meningitis, diabetes and heart disease
- Hydrocephalus and brain damage
- Neurosurgery malpractice
- Toxic exposure
- Medication errors
From failure to diagnose a heart attack to failure to perform a cesarean section, we believe medical professionals should be held accountable for their negligence. As experienced lawyers, our legal team effectively presents cases and wins significant settlements and verdicts for our clients.
In addition to recovering very fair and just settlements for our clients we also receive many very positive client endorsements, reviews and testimonials.
Medical Malpractice FAQs
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider fails to meet accepted standards of care. Negligence, either intentional or accidental, can result in serious harm to the patient. When this happens, victims are entitled to seek compensation for all related damages through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Is Misdiagnosis a Basis for a Claim?
Misdiagnosis is one of the leading causes of medical malpractice claims. According to recent studies, one in 20 adults in the United States is misdiagnosed every year, resulting in more than 12 million misdiagnoses.
The most commonly misdiagnosed conditions include cancer, heart attack, and stroke, all of which can be fatal if not caught and treated early on. If you have been injured or a loved one has died following a missed or delayed medical diagnosis, give us a call to schedule a free case review and learn more about your options.
How Long Do I Have to File a Case?
In the state of California, you have one year from the date an injury was discovered to file a medical malpractice claim. It is best to file well before this date approaches.
Medical malpractice claims can be very difficult to win. The sooner we can begin investigating an incident, the higher our chances of uncovering serious mistakes.
Will I Have to Go to Court?
Only around seven percent of medical malpractice claims result in a trial, a vast majority are settled during mediation. While it is unlikely that your claim will go to court, we prepare each case for the possibility of a trial to make sure we can provide the most effective representation regardless of the route a claim takes.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Expect to Receive?
Compensation following medical malpractice may include special damages for medical expenses, wages lost while recovering, and any adaptive technologies or home modifications that have been made necessary by your injury. General damages may be sought as well. These include less concrete issues such as physical pain and emotional suffering.
In rare cases, punitive damages are included in medical malpractice claims. These are reserved for particularly egregious cases or where a provider’s actions were so unbelievably negligent as to warrant this specific punishment.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Sue for Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice claims are not easy to win. Only around 37% of these cases are won by plaintiffs. When you try to take on the medical industry alone, you are up against their lobbyists, attorneys, and insurance companies. Doctors have protection. The organizations they work for have protection. Who is going to protect you?
Having a medical malpractice lawyer on your side is not a guarantee of success, but it can make the difference between a viable case and one that is dismissed. It costs nothing to discuss your case with one of our lawyers. Give us a call to schedule your confidential case review and learn more about your rights today.
Schedule A Medical Malpractice Consultation In Irvine, CA!
If your family has suffered from the negligent medical errors made by doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, our firm is here to help you. Contact us to discuss your legal options at (949) 502-8600. Or, you can fill out our appointment request form by clicking here. Our practice serves Irvine and the surrounding areas of California!