Foster City, CA Medical Malpractice Lawyer - Hospital Negligence Attorneys

The medical malpractice lawyers at Moseley Collins Law have over 40 years of experience helping victims of healthcare negligence nationwide receive the compensation they deserve. We have extensive expertise in hospital negligence cases, having recovered millions for clients over our decades of practicing law.

Hospital Negligence Defined

Hospital negligence refers to any form of substandard, improper, or incompetent care on the part of doctors, nurses, technicians, or other medical staff working in a hospital setting. If this negligence results in further injury, complications, or wrongful death, the hospital and responsible medical providers should be held legally accountable.

According to a 2016 Johns Hopkins study, an estimated 250,000 Americans die each year from preventable medical errors in hospitals. Many more suffer life-altering consequences. Errors like surgical mistakes, misdiagnosis due to inadequate testing, medication errors, hospital-acquired infections, and patient falls are far too common.

At Moseley Collins Law, our medical malpractice lawyers have successfully handled liability claims for:

  • Misread lab reports, X-rays, and scans
  • Surgical errors and mistakes during child delivery
  • Improper administration or dosage of anesthesia
  • Illegible prescriptions
  • Ignored nurse call buttons
  • Dangerous bedsores acquired due to neglect
  • Crash cart medication mix-ups
  • Poor wound care management resulting in severe infection
  • Failure to properly monitor patients

Major Hospitals Serving Foster City Area

Major Hospitals Serving Foster City Area

Stanford Health Care - One of the top hospitals in not just California but the entire country, Stanford Health Care in Redwood City offers highly advanced specialty and emergency care.

Sequoia Hospital - A Dignity Health acute care hospital providing comprehensive cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology and women’s health services.

Kaiser Permanente Redwood City - Known for its birth center and pediatrics care, this Kaiser hospital also offers surgery, lab, pharmacy and more for members.

Jefferson County Health Center - A key community clinic offering family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, dental, counseling and social support services.

Cities and Areas We Serve

We handle hospital medical negligence cases for injured victims across the San Francisco Bay Area and statewide, including these nearby cities and metro areas:

  • Belmont
  • San Carlos
  • Redwood City
  • Menlo Park
  • Burlingame
  • San Mateo
  • Daly City
  • South San Francisco
  • Pacifica

This ensures residents across the region need not travel far to meet face-to-face with our lawyers when seeking justice for their devastating hospital injuries.

Common Catastrophic Injuries from Hospital Errors

While even minor hospital mistakes can indicate larger systemic problems, some errors result in truly catastrophic injuries with permanent, lifelong consequences. We help victims seek damages in cases resulting in:

  • Spinal cord injuries leading to paralysis
  • Severe brain damage
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Amputation of limbs
  • Permanent disability
  • Stroke
  • Coma
  • Wrongful death

These horrific injuries are often preventable with proper protocols and patient safeguards in place. Hospital negligence lawyers know how to build strong arguments regarding liability when the standard of care has clearly been breached.

Hospital Rankings and Safety Ratings Matter

Recent Johns Hopkins data indicates medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States, exceeding strokes, Alzheimer's, and diabetes. Yet many people assume hospitals are relatively safe places for treatment and procedures. This is not always the case.

This is why we advise checking a hospital or clinic’s safety grades, accreditation status, infection rates, and related metrics before choosing one for care. While no hospital is perfect, being an informed patient can help you avoid those with the worst track records on patient safety.

Public data sources to consult include:

  • The Leapfrog Group's hospital safety grades
  • CMS Hospital Compare reviews
  • Accreditation and certification statuses

Thoroughly Investigating Hospital Negligence

Thoroughly Investigating Hospital Negligence

Hospital negligence cases involve complex legal and medical issues warranting extensive investigation and partnerships with medical experts.

Here is an overview of our process investigating potential malpractice:

  • We obtain and rigorously review all medical records related to your injuries, which can span thousands of pages
  • We consult with independent industry experts to recreate timelines and identify crucial medical errors
  • We obtain four or more medical expert opinions from different specialties like surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists etc. to build consensus around negligence
  • We pull documented protocols and patient safety standards for comparison
  • We research technical literature and the latest industry best practices for patient care
  • We fully research the credentials, experience, disciplinary history and capabilities of the involved healthcare providers

Based on such exhaustive investigation, we then determine strong cases to pursue where negligence and liability can be thoroughly proven in a court of law.

Damages Available in Medical Malpractice Cases

When filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, the injured patient or surviving family members do so to recover compensation, or damages, for all that has been lost due to the negligent medical care. There are several types of damages that can be sought, depending on the specific effects the malpractice incident has had on one's life.

Economic Damages

Economic damages refer to the quantifiable, monetary losses incurred, including:

  • Medical expenses (both current and future) - This covers costs of hospitalization, surgeries, medications, therapies, in-home nursing care, medical equipment and any other medical costs related to treating injuries caused by the malpractice.
  • Loss of past and future income - If injuries from the negligence prevent someone from working, filing suit allows them to recover their lost wages. Estimates of reduced future earnings capacity are also calculated.
  • Loss of household services - Malpractice victims can be compensated monetarily for their inability to perform household duties like cleaning, yard work, cooking, childcare etc. that may need to be outsourced due to disability.
Noneconomic Damages

Noneconomic damages cover subjective, quality-of-life losses:

  • Pain and suffering - Monetary compensation for physical discomfort and emotional trauma associated with malpractice injuries seeks to make up for this intangible harm.
  • Loss of consortium - Spouses can sue for the loss of companionship, intimacy, comfort, society and affection due to injuries to their partner.
  • Disfigurement damages - Visible scarring, deformity or loss of limbs can be grounds for compensation for related mental anguish and emotional distress.

The experienced medical malpractice lawyers assess both economic and quality-of-life harms to seek fair, complete compensation through negotiations or trial litigation. The damages obtained can help pay current bills, cover future medical costs, restore lost income, and improve quality of life despite any permanent disability caused.

Why Choose Us for Your Hospital Negligence Case?

Moseley Collins Law stands ready to fight for those devastated by medical errors during hospital stays across California. We have the litigation experience, industry partnerships, financial resources, and legal talent to stand toe-to-toe with even the most formidable hospitals and insurance companies.

We pride ourselves on:

  • 40+ years of medical malpractice and personal injury litigation experience
  • Millions recovered for past hospital negligence clients
  • Ability to invest >$100k+ in case investigation and expert witnesses
  • Handling cases involving death and catastrophic injury
  • Hundreds of 5-star Google reviews praising our law firm's compassion and results

We welcome the opportunity to review your situation free of charge and discuss your legal options. Please call us at 800-426-5546 to learn how we can stand with victims harmed by medical negligence. Justice and accountability can seem difficult to achieve but we can pursue the truth - and maximum compensation for your losses - on your behalf.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)What does proving medical negligence involve?

You must show that a healthcare provider owed and breached a duty of care owed to you as a patient, which caused an injury yielding specific damages. We prove this through medical records, multiple independent experts in relevant fields, and litigation experience focused on standards of care.

What compensation is possible in a hospital negligence lawsuit?

You may recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages and income, reduced future earnings due to disability and disfigurement damages for physical and emotional pain and suffering. Families may also pursue wrongful death damages. Experienced lawyers maximize damages.

When do I need to file a hospital negligence claim by?

Each state has strict statutes of limitations dictating the deadline for filing medical malpractice claims. These range from 1-3 years generally. The clock starts ticking either from the date of the hospital error itself or when you reasonably should have become aware permanent injury was caused.

Is hospital negligence hard to prove?

Yes, these cases with complex legal and medical issues can pose significant challenges. Hospitals have immense resources to defend themselves against liability claims and defeat even legitimate cases. This is why partnering with specialized plaintiff lawyers committed to relentlessly fighting for victims is crucial.

What mistakes lead to most hospital negligence claims?

Our litigation experience shows medication errors, surgical mistakes, improper infection control, inaccurate diagnoses due to inadequate testing, poor patient monitoring, and disregard for safety protocols during child delivery lead to most claims. Many incidents involve more than one error, reflecting systemic negligence.

We encourage speaking to our accomplished hospital negligence lawyers for tailored guidance regarding your situation and next best steps to seek justice after medical harm. Though this difficult path is not one you should travel alone, the right lawyer by your side makes seeking accountability possible. Call us today for a free consultation at 800-426-5546.

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