Medical Malpractice

University of California Program Examines Doctors Found Guilty of Infractions

The University of California’s program that evaluates the competence of doctors who have been found guilty of infractions from sloppy record keeping to substance abuse has attracted a great deal of attention as the country struggles with a shortage of doctors. The Physician Assessment and Clinical Education Program, or PACE, uses a variety of testing protocols to gauge doctor’s skills, knowledge and judgment when they have been found incompetent...
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Statutes of Limitations and Awards Limits in California Medical Malpractice Cases

If the actions of a medical professional or entity (or lack thereof) cause injury or death to someone under their care, the injured party or their survivors can file a medical malpractice claim against the medical entity or professional to seek damages. There are many situations where the negligence of a medical provider can result in a medical malpractice claim. An experienced California medical malpractice lawyer such as Samer...
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Dental Malpractice Claims

Dental malpractice is defined as an injury that occurred as a direct result of negligent dental work, the failure to treat or diagnose potentially harmful oral conditions, delayed diagnosis or treatment of potentially harmful oral conditions or malevolent or intentional misconduct by a licensed doctor of dental science. In order for a person to have a valid dental malpractice claim, the dentist or one of his or her staff...
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How and When to Pursue a Legal Malpractice Claim

A recent article in the Southeast Texas Record concerning a legal malpractice claim tells the story of a fellow who consulted with a lawyer after being hit by another motorist. The man claims that his attorney failed to file a lawsuit on his behalf and purposely neglected to inform him of a limit on policy settlements. People who seek the counsel of an attorney expect professional and ethical services....
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Ed McMahon Settles Medical Malpractice Suit

According to GantDaily.com, former television star Ed McMahon has reached a settlement in a medical malpractice suit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. McMahon filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital claiming that in 2007 the staff at Cedars-Sinai had misdiagnosed a neck fracture he suffered. McMahon’s suit sought damages for the misdiagnoses as well as two allegedly botched surgeries following the diagnoses. The article further mentions...
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Los Angeles Appeals Court Gives Legal Malpractice Case a Second Chance

Law.com reports that a long-standing legal malpractice case against a Seattle-based law firm has been given a new lease on life by the California 2nd District Court of Appeals. The Los Angeles court came to the decision on April 22, 2009, reinstating a lawsuit against the law firm of Perkins Coie. The legal malpractice lawsuit was originally filed in 2007 by In4Network, a Washington-based business services company. In4Network hired...
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The Reality of Medical Malpractice

How common is medical malpractice and how often do injured patients seek compensation? The real answers to those questions may be surprising. Medical malpractice exists. Doctors are human. They make errors, give less than utmost care and miss symptoms that should not be missed. An article in the March 2009 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal cites a 1974 study conducted by California hospitals and physicians that showed...
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Los Angeles County Settles Rodriguez Case

The Los Angeles Times reports that Los Angeles County has reached a settlement agreement with the family of Edith Rodriguez for three million dollars. The settlement resulted from the medical malpractice lawsuit for the tragic 2007 death of Rodriguez at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital. In May 2007, Rodriguez died on the floor of the hospital’s emergency room after 45 minutes of anguish, crying for help. Despite her pleas,...
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