San Fernando, CA Medical Malpractice Lawyer - Hospital Negligence Attorneys

The medical malpractice lawyers at Moseley Collins Law have over 40 years of experience representing clients in medical negligence and hospital liability cases nationwide. If you or a loved one has suffered a life-altering injury or if a medical error has resulted in a wrongful death, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Our dedicated legal team can help.

Understanding Medical Negligence in Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

Medical errors cause over 250,000 deaths per year in the United States, making it the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer. These alarming statistics indicate structural issues in the U.S. healthcare system that result in a shocking number of preventable patient injuries and fatalities each year.

When a San Fernando hospital, doctor's office, nursing home, or other healthcare provider severely breaches established standards of medical care, they may be liable for any resulting harm to patients. This is known as medical malpractice. Some examples of medical negligence include:

  • Misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose serious conditions
  • Surgical mistakes and errors during child delivery
  • Medication overdoses, allergic reactions, and pharmacy mix-ups
  • Inadequate infection control practices
  • Improper medical equipment usage leading to injury
  • Ignoring test results and vital signs
  • Discharging patients prematurely

If you or someone you love has experienced poor medical care with devastating consequences, the dedicated San Fernando medical malpractice lawyers at Moseley Collins Law can investigate what went wrong during your hospital visit or doctor's appointment and build a strong case demanding justice. During a free initial consultation, we will determine the merits of your potential hospital negligence claim.

Major Hospitals Serving San Fernando

Major Hospitals Serving San Fernando

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
Located in Mission Hills serving the northern San Fernando Valley, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center provides comprehensive emergency, surgical, maternity, cardiac, stroke, orthopedic, and cancer care.

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
A 158-bed acute care facility located in Glendale with specialty programs in orthopedics, oncology, obstetrics, gynecology, cardiology, critical care, and neurology.

San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center
With locations throughout Northridge and surrounding communities, this facility provides essential psychiatric emergency services and mental health counseling to adults and adolescents.

Adventist Health Glendale
This faith-based hospital in Glendale offers a range of specialty services including minimally invasive robotic surgery, gastroenterology care, spine procedures, and a variety of women’s health services.

Cities and Communities We Serve in the San Fernando Valley

The law offices of Moseley Collins Law assist clients with medical negligence claims in cities and communities throughout the San Fernando Valley, including:

  • San Fernando
  • Burbank
  • Glendale
  • North Hollywood
  • Studio City
  • Sherman Oaks
  • Encino
  • Tarzana
  • Woodland Hills
  • Calabasas
  • Hidden Hills
  • Van Nuys

We also help injured patients and grieving loved ones in:

  • Northridge
  • Mission Hills
  • Panorama City
  • Pacoima
  • Arleta
  • Sun Valley
  • Sylmar
  • Granada Hills
  • Reseda
  • Winnetka

No matter where you received substandard healthcare in the San Fernando metro area that resulted in permanent injury or death of a family member, our lawyers can promptly initiate an investigation into what went wrong. By gathering and preserving key evidence, we build a compelling argument demanding full financial accountability.

Examples of Common Medical Errors in San Fernando Hospitals

Examples of Common Medical Errors in San Fernando Hospitals

While no two medical malpractice cases are exactly alike, most hospital negligence claims in the San Fernando Valley involve one or more of the following issues:

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

Catching health conditions early on vastly improves patient outcomes. However, diagnoses are sometimes missed due to oversights such as:

  • Not performing necessary tests
  • Misreading lab results and scans
  • Rushing appointments and prematurely discharging
  • Focusing on incorrect possibilities

A misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose delays proper treatment. By the time the real underlying condition manifests symptoms and gets correctly identified, it has progressed to advanced, debilitating stages.

Surgical Errors

Even routine outpatient procedures can go horribly wrong when basic protocols aren’t followed. Botched operations may result from:

  • Operating on the wrong body part
  • Leaving surgical equipment inside patients after stitching up
  • Severing nerves and tissue
  • Anesthesia overdoses
  • Sponge counts inaccurately reported as correct

Surgical mistakes often cause severe infections, chronic pain, paralysis, and loss of mobility requiring extensive correction and rehabilitation.

Birth Injuries

The joy of childbirth is marred when medical teams fail to take proper precautions and respond appropriately to complications. Preventable birth injuries include:

  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Cerebral palsy from excessive force
  • Erb’s or Klumpke’s palsy
  • Facial paralysis due to forceps errors

These heartbreaking injuries dramatically impact quality of life for both mother and child for years to come. Financial assistance is imperative to afford necessary accommodations and therapies.

Emergency Room Negligence

Seeking emergency medical care often occurs in dire, life-threatening situations where every second counts. Receptionists, nurses, technicians, and physicians rushing through overflowing ERs frequently cut corners, resulting in:

  • Misinterpreted cardiac distress signals
  • Botched intubations leading to oxygen loss
  • Ignored warning signs of stroke or aneurysm
  • Discharging patients prematurely

The high-pressure ER environment lends itself to critical oversights. However, this does not excuse medical teams from providing attentive, responsible care.

Damages Available in California Medical Negligence Claims

No amount of money can undo the damage wrought by incompetent medical care. Yet financial compensation enables injured patients and grieving families to cover enormous medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related costs without falling into bankruptcy. Successful San Fernando medical malpractice settlements typically provide:

Medical Expenses

Immediate and ongoing medical costs add up exponentially following poor medical treatment. Accountable hospitals and physicians must cover:

  • Hospitalization and correction procedures
  • Rehabilitation and therapeutic programs
  • Home health aides and nursing care
  • Specialized equipment and accessibility remodeling
Lost Income

Inability to work for months or years not only impacts quality of life but also the financial security of entire families. Medical malpractice laws mandate compensation for:

  • Loss of earnings after an accident
  • Diminished earning capacity going forward
  • Compromised retirement funds and benefits
Pain and Suffering

No dollar amounts can negate pain, grief, shortened lifespans, and diminished quality of life. Yet financial compensation enables access to mental health counseling, integrative therapies, and life-enriching experiences.

To accurately determine the full scope of reasonable damages reflecting true loss and suffering, the skilled San Fernando medical malpractice lawyers at Moseley Collins Law work with reputable medical experts to predict ongoing lifestyle impact and complications. We build strong arguments warranting settlements adequately providing for clients’ long-term needs.

Why Choose Us for Your Medical Negligence Claim?

Moseley Collins Law is a distinguished legal firm specializing in medical malpractice and serious personal injury cases involving catastrophic loss and wrongful death. Our lawyers offer compassionate guidance rooted in decades of experience successfully resolving complex hospital liability claims.

We help grieving families and suffering patients across San Fernando County receive rightful compensation by leveraging resources patients don’t have access to themselves. These include:

Medical Expert Witnesses

The backbone of a compelling medical negligence claim is objective testimony from independent specialists affirming substandard care. For an ironclad case, we consult at least four medical experts from different relevant fields to analyze records and provide statements.

Independent Investigations

Rather than simply taking a hospital’s word regarding what went wrong, we conduct in-depth investigations. This involves combing through medical charts for discrepancies, interviewing nurses and doctors directly involved, and having specialists interpret scans and lab reports firsthand. Thorough fact-finding bolsters our clients’ credibility.

Courtroom Litigation Experience

While we always aim to settle cases out of court to avoid prolonged legal battles, our team holds its own in the courtroom when necessary. We highlight exactly how and why clients’ rights were violated in powerful legal arguments before judges and juries, backed by precise evidence.

Our proven litigation success record encourages early settlements from defendants seeking to avoid court. Over decades, we have won millions for clients locally and nationwide.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Hospital Negligence Team

Have you or someone you love suffered lasting harm or the loss of a family member due to incompetent healthcare in the San Fernando Valley? The dedicated lawyers at Moseley Collins Law provide compassionate legal guidance to victims of medical negligence and their families. We customize the legal strategy for your unique situation to help alleviate financial stress so you can focus energy on healing and closure.

To explore your options in complete confidence and learn more about the medical malpractice litigation process, contact us at (800) 426-5546 or through our simple online contact form to schedule a free case review. We take cases on a contingency-fee basis, meaning no upfront payments necessary. Our team passionately advocates day in and day out for clients wronged by a medical system that too often prioritizes profit over responsible patient care. Let us stand up and fight for you.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)How long do I have to file a medical malpractice claim in California?

Cases must be brought within 3 years from the date of injury, or 1 year from when negligence was discovered. Minors injured have until age 8, or 3 years from discovery.

Will filing a malpractice claim negatively impact my care at that hospital moving forward?

Not at all. Doctors have a professional duty to continue providing patients attentive, non-retaliatory care regardless of legal matters.

What key evidence should I preserve to support my case?

Save all medical bills and records related to the injury, documentation of lost income, photographs demonstrating disability obtained, and written statements from witnesses.

What if a loved one died because of medical negligence?

California wrongful death laws allow grieving family members to file lawsuits on behalf of lost loved ones. Both economic and non-economic damages are permitted.

How likely is my case to settle vs go to trial?

Strong evidence often compels settlements pre-trial. Yet our litigation experience gives confidence we won’t hesitate pursuing courtroom victories if fair resolutions aren’t offered.

Client Reviews
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