Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals achieve amazing results. Unfortunately, accidents also occur across all aspects of health care that often result in life-changing injuries. If you or a family member is seriously injured due to the negligence of a health care professional, you may recover compensation for all medical costs, lost wages, emotional pain and suffering, and other damages.
The attorneys at Kornblum, Cochran, Erickson, & Harbison, LLP, help victims of medical malpractice recover full compensation for their injuries. We have a thorough understanding of the intricacies of this complex area of law and the resources necessary to build strong cases.
Malpractice lawsuits may name doctors, nurses, hospitals, medical technicians, pharmacists or a number of other parties as defendants. It may also make sense to seek damages from multiple parties. Our experienced lawyers will review every aspect of your case carefully to ensure that all responsible parties are identified.
Under California law, a patient must prove that a health care professional or entity breached the “standard of care,” and that the breach resulted in injury. The term “standard of care” refers to broadly accepted procedures that health care professionals throughout California adhere to.
Even seemingly straightforward incidents of medical malpractice can be difficult to prove. We work closely with highly regarded medical professionals and other specialists who provide the kind of critical information that is necessary to come out on top in these cases.
A small percentage of malpractice lawsuits actually go to trial. Most are resolved through negotiated settlements or get dismissed. Our reputation as knowledgeable attorneys who are always prepared to go to trial if a fair agreement is not offered allows us to negotiate from a position of strength.
Injured parties in medical malpractice cases may seek compensatory damages and noneconomic damages. Compensatory damages cover the actual cost of immediate medical care, long-term rehabilitation connected to the injury, lost wages, lost earning future earning power and other expenses. There is no limit to the amount of compensatory damages a person can recover in a California medical malpractice case.
Victims of malpractice may also seek noneconomic damages, which compensate the individual for pain and suffering, disfigurement and (in the event of the death of a loved one) loss of consortium. California medical malpractice laws limit noneconomic damages to $250,000.
In some medical malpractice cases, plaintiffs may also seek punitive damages. The plaintiff and his or her attorney must show that a medical professional acted out of malice or fraud in order to recover punitive damages. There are no limits on punitive damages in California.
We welcome the opportunity to review the facts of your case and provide a candid assessment of what you might expect. We work with clients throughout the state and across the U.S. from offices in San Francisco and Santa Rosa. Call us or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.
Remember, all medical malpractice cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. We only collect an attorney fee if we successfully obtain a recovery for you.