Medical Malpractice Lawyer Serving Riverside & San Bernardino
“Medical malpractice” is a category of negligence that applies to physicians, surgeons, nurses, and other medical practitioners. A person or facility may be guilty of medical malpractice if he/she/it failed to use reasonable care when seeing or treating a patient, resulting in patient harm or death. Medical malpractice claims in Riverside and San Bernardino can be complex and difficult to prove. You need a team of attorneys representing you with high-quality resources, legal processes, and litigation techniques. You need DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC.
Who is Liable?
At the beginning of a medical malpractice lawsuit, you must identify the responsible party or parties for your injury or health concern. This often requires an investigation into the alleged malpractice, as well as reviews of information such as medical records and eyewitness testimony. Working with a team of lawyers can make the discovery process much easier on you. Even before you identify the defendant, we can file a lawsuit against a “John Doe” defendant on your behalf to avoid missing the deadline.
In California, you have no longer than three years after the date of injury, or one year from the date of discovery of the injury, to file your claim (whichever comes first). If you do not discover your injuries promptly “through the use of reasonable diligence,” you may lose your ability to file this type of claim, according to California Code of Civil Procedure Section 340.5. The sooner you get started on a medical malpractice claim, the better. That way you will not risk losing your right to file due to the statute of limitations.
During an investigation into the alleged medical malpractice, our team will strive to identify the at-fault party. If a doctor is guilty of negligence as an independent contractor at the facility, you may only be able to bring a claim against the individual. If, however, the doctor is an employee of the hospital, the entire facility may face liability for your damages. Other potential defendants include third-party contractors, product manufacturers, and government agencies in charge of the healthcare facility. There may be multiple parties that share fault for your injuries.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
At DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC, we handle all types of medical malpractice cases. If you visited an emergency room or doctor’s office, rode in an ambulance, underwent a surgical procedure, or prescribed to any kind of medical treatment and subsequently suffered an unexplainable injury, illness, infection, or health condition, consider whether malpractice played a role. Doctors and other medical professionals can make mistakes. Common errors include:
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Medication errors
- Improper patient treatment or care
- Emergency room negligence
- Failure to warn of known risks
- Equipment failure/malfunction
- Lack of sanitation
- Birth injuries
In California, you must provide a Notice of Intent to File with the healthcare provider you plan to sue at least 90 days before you file a civil suit. The lawyers at DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC can help you with this process and the rest of the paperwork necessary for starting your claim. Submit our client intake form, and we’ll get back to you shortly to schedule your initial case evaluation.