Los Altos, CA Medical Malpractice Lawyer - Hospital Negligence Attorneys

When hospitals fail to meet standards of medical care, patients can suffer devastating long-term injuries or death. Physician mistakes, unsafe practices, and negligence within the Los Altos health care system harms far too many California families each year. Fortunately, California medical malpractice law exists to provide victims recourse against the system that caused them harm. With an experienced Los Altos medical malpractice lawyer as an ally, innocent victims of medical negligence can fight for much needed treatment funds and secure compensation for immense losses they now face.

At Moseley Collins Law, our lawyers are dedicated advocates for those harmed by subpar medical treatment in the Los Altos area and throughout California. We have spent over four decades helping clients hold hospitals accountable and get the justice they deserve after falling victim to mistakes such as surgical errors, misdiagnosis, dangerous drugs, childbirth injuries and more.

Our firm’s hospital negligence lawyers have an in-depth understanding of both the complex legal and medical issues surrounding malpractice cases. If you or someone you love suffered avoidable injury, infection, disfigurement or loss due to incompetent Los Altos area hospital care, we invite you to discuss your case with us during a free consultation.

Common Types of Medical Negligence

Common Types of Medical Negligence

While doctors strive to deliver effective care, hospitals often fail to meet acceptable standards resulting in avoidable patient harm. Some common hospital errors include:

Surgical Mistakes

A simple surgical slip can damage organs and nerves, causing permanent injury. Surgeons may operate at the wrong site, use unsafe methods, leave tools inside patients, incorrectly administer anesthesia and much more. Fear of reprisal often causes coverups.

Misdiagnosis & Failure to Diagnose

Inaccurate, missed or delayed diagnosis allows diseases like cancer to rapidly spread becoming more challenging to treat. Warning signs of heart attacks, strokes, meningitis and aneurysms often get ignored.

Childbirth & Labor Complications

Improper use of medical tools can injure the baby. Failure to monitor oxygen levels creates risk. Birth injuries like Erb’s or Klumpke’s palsy can affect newborns.

Medication Errors

Hospital staff frequently administers the wrong drug or dosage leading to complications. Insufficient patient monitoring post-medication causes further harm. Common causes are fatigue, oversight and confusion from illegible writing or soundalike drug names.

Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence

Many seniors land in nursing homes for rehabilitation expecting quality care but instead become victims of abuse, bedsores, poor hygiene, dehydration, undernourishment, falls and infections from neglectful staff.

If someone you love endured physical or emotional harm under Los Altos hospital care due to incompetence, error or negligence like those described above, act now to protect your rights. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can thoroughly review what happened, help determine if you have cause to file suit against the providers responsible, and fight relentlessly for full financial compensation on your behalf if merited.

Hospitals Serving Los Altos Communities

El Camino Hospital - 2525 Grant Road, Mountain View. Offers heart & vascular, cancer, orthopedic, neuroscience services among others. www.elcaminohospital.org

Stanford Health Care - 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford. Stanford Hospital & Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Full-service academic medical center. www.stanfordhealthcare.org

Good Samaritan Hospital - 2425 Samaritan Drive, San Jose. 408 beds. Stroke, maternity, ICU care. www.goodsamsanjose.com

O'Connor Hospital - 2105 Forest Ave, San Jose. 358 beds. Robotic surgery, cancer, stroke centers. www.oconnorhospital.org

Palo Alto Medical Foundation - 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Multi-specialty health system with 9 Bay Area locations. www.sutterhealth.org/pamf

VA Palo Alto Health Care System - 3801 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto. 134-bed medical center operated by Veterans Health Administration. www.paloalto.va.gov

Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center - 700 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara. Largest Kaiser hospital at 319 beds. www.kpsantaclara.kp.org

Areas We Serve in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

Areas We Serve in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers assist clients from across Los Altos and other nearby cities and communities including:

  • Palo Alto - Stanford University campus
  • Mountain View - Large tech hub, home to Google and Computer History Museum
  • Los Altos Hills - Affluent town bordering Los Altos
  • Woodside - Surrounding wooded neighborhoods
  • Portola Valley - High-income enclave near Stanford
  • Menlo Park - Suburb housing Facebook headquarters
  • Sunnyvale - After San Jose, second largest city in Santa Clara County
  • Cupertino - Upscale suburban city, home to Apple Inc. HQ
  • Campbell - In West Valley region of Santa Clara Valley
  • Saratoga - Residential community adjacent to West Valley towns
Proving Medical Malpractice Occurred

Hospital liability cases hinge on proving substandard medical care directly caused a poor health outcome in the patient. By law hospitals must provide that level of care which other reasonably competent similar facilities would provide under similar circumstances. Essentially, did the hospital commit errors or fail to meet basic duties of care from which the patient incurred injuries that would otherwise not have occurred?

Proving malpractice becomes extremely tricky without deep knowledge of medicine and laws. Securing evidence demands in-depth legal discovery and testimony from foremost experts. Establishing causation requires precise investigation to demonstrate it was the negligent care provided versus other factors that directly harmed the victim. Quantifying current and future damages also takes particular skill.

Fortunately, over decades the hospital negligence lawyers at Moseley Collins Law have repeatedly demonstrated the ability take on entities with immense resources and overwhelming leverage over victims. We work relentlessly through discovery utilizing subpoenas, court orders and other means to compel hospitals to share essential documentation they prefer remains private. Our network of medical professionals includes some of the most talented minds at prestigious institutions, leveraged to provide authoritative analysis of where mistakes were made. In many past cases these efforts have revealed glaring omissions, falsehoods and destructive behaviors by hospital staff contributing to grievous patient outcomes.

Steps in Fighting Hospital Negligence Cases

The lawyers at Moseley Collins Law have refined a rigorous process surrounding investigation, litigation and resolution of hospital liability cases. We take the following steps when fighting major medical centers after catastrophic patient injury or death:

  • Initiate formal legal representation agreement with client and procure complete medical history documentation
  • Assemble litigation team including nurses and medical experts matching case specifics
  • Identify all possibly negligent actors who contributed to client injury
  • Send statute letters to implicated hospitals demanding preservation of evidence
  • Conduct exhaustive discovery via subpoenas, court orders and interrogations
  • Review all pertinent medical records encompassing before, during and after incident
  • Scrutinize all materials and documentation for inconsistencies, falsehoods and omissions
  • Reconstruct precise timeline surrounding events causing harm utilizing medical forensics
  • Quantify short and long-term economic damages tied to additional care needed
  • Calculate non-economic damages like physical pain and emotional trauma
  • Attempt early settlement negotiations once able to demonstrate negligence and harms
  • Prepare thoroughly for trial if fair settlement talks stall
  • Force hospitals to face public trial and verdict if unwilling to adequately compensate victims

Through these refined actions centered on investigation, discovery and evidence building, our litigators apply maximum pressure to hospitals seeking accountability when they severely harm innocent patients. Fearing unfavorable and costly jury verdicts, many health networks opt to settle once the validity of our cases come fully into focus. If reasonable settlement talks reach impasse, we proceed to trial with our sights set squarely on winning hands down.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat are typical results of your prior cases? What damages or verdicts have you won for past clients?

Every hospital liability case involves unique circumstances and severity of injury. In years past our litigators have secured many seven and even eight figure jury awards and settlements for profoundly harmed clients injured by demonstrable medical negligence. Contact us for additional case result specifics.

Who pays the damages won in my case?

The liable negligent parties including hospitals, health networks, physicians groups and discrete negligent medical professionals are responsible for paying plaintiffs monetary damages established through verdicts or settlements. Some doctors carry liability insurance as individuals or groups in the event they cause grave patient harm. Hospitals themselves may also carry policies, or otherwise set aside funds to cover malpractice damages. State covered funds of last resort also exist if at-fault parties cannot fully pay victims. Plaintiff lawyers work to identify and pursue all avenues through which their injured clients can collect maximum damages.

How much does a medical malpractice lawyer cost? What are my payment options?

We handle most medical negligence cases strictly on a contingency fee basis, meaning no payment is owed to us unless and until monetary recovery through verdict or settlement is achieved. Contingency fees equate to an agreed upon percentage of the total final damages recovered for clients. Since cases require major upfront case development investments by lawyers, higher percentages closer to 40% are common though we strive to reduce contingent fees where feasible depending on case dynamics. Rapid settlement and ability to reuse case work products across similar cases also allows lowering contingency fees in many scenarios.

How long do these hospital injury cases typically take to resolve?

The duration varies substantially based on complexity, need for discovery and motions, court scheduling and more. That said, we constantly apply strategies to expedite matters to resolution as rapidly as circumstances reasonably allow. Often aggressive early posturing quickly motivates hospitals to come to the table for victims they severely harmed rather than suffer public scrutiny surrounding the case. Other times, pushing hard all the way through trial becomes necessary which can take 1-2 years depending on court calendars. Clear cut liability scenarios also resolve more quickly.

Will filing a malpractice claim anger doctors and impact ongoing care quality for the patient?

This remains an understandable fear yet decades of experience suggest otherwise in most situations. Ethical treatment standards dictate that doctors and nurses must continue providing optimal care oriented fully around the patient’s needs regardless of surrounding legal actions happening externally between lawyers and hospitals. While anger or resentment quietly felt internally is possible in some clinical staff, outward aggression or passive neglect tied to legal action actively taken against them would constitute its own form of further negligent behavior which the ongoing care delivery team will seek to avoid at all costs. That said, we advise clients to closely monitor care experiences even while hoping for continued optimal treatment by current providers.

If someone you love endured physical or emotional harm under Los Altos hospital care due to incompetence, error or negligence, act now to protect your rights. The dedicated medical malpractice lawyers at Moseley Collins Law offer free consultations for new clients. Call us at 800-426-5546 or contact us online to have your case reviewed at no cost or obligation. We want to help you secure closure, justice and the maximum compensation you deserve for all that you and your family has endured.

Client Reviews
"When I was injured I felt truly hopeless. I didn't know where to turn when I was released from the hospital. Luckily, I remembered your phone number and I called you. You won a nice settlement for me. Thank you!" Charles T.
"May God bless you always, Moseley and your wonderful staff. You all were there for us when we needed it most. We are forever grateful." Tina N.
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