San Rafael, CA Medical Malpractice Lawyer - Hospital Negligence Attorneys

Have you or a loved one been the victim of hospital negligence in San Rafael or Marin County, California? The dedicated medical malpractice lawyers at Moseley Collins Law can help. With over 40 years of legal experience nationwide, our lawyers have regained millions of dollars for clients injured by substandard hospital care.

We understand how drastically medical negligence affects patients and families. Hospital mistakes often lead to lifelong disabilities, loss of wages, and staggering medical bills. We fight on behalf of malpractice victims so they can focus on healing, not financial hurdles. Contact our San Rafael medical malpractice law firm today for a free consultation at 800-426-5546.

How Common are Hospital Errors in San Rafael Hospitals?

Many people put complete faith in hospitals believing they will receive a competent standard of care. However, medical mistakes happen more often than patients expect. Preventable errors include:

  • Misdiagnosis leading to delayed or improper treatment
  • Surgical accidents causing severe infection or injury
  • Medication overdoses resulting in organ damage or complications
  • Failure to quickly act on abnormal test results
  • Inadequate post-op monitoring missing life-threatening signs
  • Childbirth complications causing newborn & maternal harm

Some estimates show over 250,000 people die from medical negligence every year. Many more suffer non-fatal injuries leading to permanent disabilities.

If you suffered harm under a San Rafael hospital’s care, you may have grounds for a malpractice lawsuit. An experienced lawyer can determine if negligence occurred after a thorough investigation.

Examples of Medical Malpractice Cases

Examples of Medical Malpractice Cases

To provide a better idea of the hospital errors we see, below are some real-life examples of recent negligent care cases in San Rafael and Marin County:

  • Surgical Mistakes - A surgeon nicked a patient's liver during an appendectomy, leading to severe infections, multiple follow-up surgeries, and over $500k in medical expenses.
  • Misdiagnosis - Doctors failed to recognize the signs of cauda equina syndrome in an elderly man, resulting in permanent bowel/bladder dysfunction.
  • Childbirth Injuries - Hospital staff did not perform a needed C-section due to delays, causing the baby’s shoulder to break during delivery and nerve damage (Erb's Palsy).
  • Medication Errors - A hospitalized woman was given incorrect medication dosages during her recovery, triggering a heart attack leaving her with brain damage.

The expert San Rafael medical malpractice lawyers at Moseley Collins Law have seen hundreds of cases where catastrophic injuries and even death resulted from nursing errors, surgical mistakes, diagnostic oversights, medication mishaps, and other forms of preventable hospital negligence.

We have the resources and knowledge to build strong cases so victims and grieving families can receive justice. Compensation allows them to afford considerable lifelong medical costs, loss of earnings, and more damages that continue accumulating.

Major Hospitals Serving San Rafael & Marin County
  1. MarinHealth Medical Center

    The 236-bed MarinHealth Medical Center offers comprehensive treatment and 24/7 emergency services. It handles more ER visits and baby deliveries than any facility in the North Bay region.

  2. Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center

    This 133-bed hospital has a 24/7 ER and full-range of specialty departments. It is part of Kaiser's integrated healthcare system serving over 100,000 Marin/Sonoma residents.

  3. Novato Community Hospital

    Located conveniently off Highway 101, this 49-bed hospital provides a wide array of outpatient and acute inpatient medical services.

  4. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

    The children's hospital, overseen by UCSF, provides top-rated emergency/intensive pediatrics care for ill or injured youth.

  5. San Francisco General Hospital

    SF General operates trauma and burn centers while conducting research. Many Bay Area medical helicopters transport injured patients here for life-saving treatment unavailable elsewhere.

We Serve Clients from All of These Cities & Towns

Moseley Collins Law represents hospital negligence victims throughout:

  • San Rafael
  • Novato
  • San Anselmo
  • Fairfax
  • Ross
  • Kentfield
  • Larkspur
  • Corte Madera
  • Mill Valley
  • Tiburon
  • Sausalito
  • Belvedere
  • San Quentin
  • Tamalpais Valley
  • Marin City

and ALL cities/towns across Marin County.

We also accept clients from the Greater Bay Area including:

  • San Francisco
  • Richmond
  • Berkeley
  • Oakland
  • Daly City
  • South San Francisco
  • San Mateo
  • San Leandro
  • Hayward
  • Alameda

Call 800-426-5546 for a free hospital negligence case assessment, or contact us online. Our San Rafael medical malpractice lawyers respond promptly to start investigating what occurred.

Damages Available in Medical Malpractice Cases

Damages Available in Medical Malpractice Cases

When filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in California, the damages sought fall into two major categories - economic and non-economic harms. Understanding the types of compensation available under the law is important when proving losses in court.

Economic Damages

Economic damages in malpractice cover tangible monetary losses from injuries, calculated with evidence like receipts and invoices. Major economic damages typically include:

Medical Expenses

This includes all bills from hospitalizations, doctor visits, surgeries, medications, and healthcare necessitated by the medical errors. Expenses span the past, present, and those needing care in the future due to disabilities or complications.

Loss of Earnings

If injuries from negligence prevent someone from working, they can claim lost wages from being unable to perform their occupation. The losses account for both past and future inability to generate income.

Loss of Earning Capacity

Even if victims can still work, injuries leading to disabilities can greatly reduce what they can potentially earn long-term. Expert witnesses often calculate the reduction to illustrate the financial impacts.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages cover intangible but still devastating losses from medical negligence. Types of non-economic harm typically claimed include:

Pain and Suffering

If poor medical care leaves someone disabled or continually suffering, they have valid grounds for pain and suffering damages. The extent of physical and mental anguish often determines awards.

Emotional Distress

Being permanently injured because of medical errors causes immense distress. Awards account for PTSD, anxiety, depression, lack of enjoyment of life, and other emotional consequences victims endure.

Loss of Consortium/Companionship

Spouses of severely harmed malpractice victims can claim loss of intimacy, affection, and support. Children who lose parents can cite loss of companionship. Such familial losses have high monetary value under law.

To learn more about types of medical malpractice damages available in California, contact our experienced lawyers for a free consultation.

Why Choose Us?

Moseley Collins Law is equipped to handle even the most complex hospital negligence claims in San Rafael and across Bay Area cities. What sets our firm apart?

  • Over 40 Years of Experience - Since the 1980s, our lawyers have handled 100s of CA medical malpractice lawsuits. Few firms match this dedication.
  • Thorough Pre-Lawsuit Investigation - We conduct in-depth inquiries before filing suit, utilizing consulting doctors to firmly establish negligence caused the injuries.
  • High Success Record - Our meticulous case preparation leads to positive results - either fair out-of-court settlements or jury verdicts.
  • No Fees Unless We Win - We work on contingency, only collecting payment if meaningful compensation is recovered for the client.

The statute of limitations is strict for California malpractice claims, usually 1 year from the discovery of medical negligence. Do not delay in contacting our accomplished lawyers for a free consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked QuestionsDo I need a lawyer to sue for medical malpractice?

Yes, these cases require extensive legal experience that individuals acting alone almost never possess. Hospital negligence lawsuits often take years before fair damages are recovered.

What does “pain and suffering” mean in a hospital negligence claim?

This refers to any physical/mental anguish occurring because of medical errors. The extent of suffering often determines the total value of non-economic damages in a case.

Can doctors lose their licenses from malpractice lawsuits?

Yes, if the state medical board investigates and discovers a pattern of negligence and substandard care below professional requirements. Few cases end in revocation, but it can occur.

What if a loved one dies from hospital negligence?

California allows surviving family members to file wrongful death lawsuits for economic damages plus loss of companionship. Our lawyers can explain their rights.

How do you calculate damages in a medical malpractice case?

Many factors account for damages like medical bills, lost income, pain/suffering, caretaking expenses, loss of consortium, and other costs linked to injuries. Our lawyers thoroughly assess short and long-term monetary impacts.

Will filing a malpractice claim impact my health insurance?

No, there are protections preventing insurance discrimination against those exercising their legal rights. Health plans cannot drop coverage or raise rates due to litigation.

Can I file a malpractice suit if I signed consent forms?

Yes, consent forms protect hospitals from liability when known surgical/treatment risks or complications occur. But injuries arising from negligence remain grounds for lawsuits.

What mistakes are most common in ER rooms?

Failure to diagnose serious conditions like heart attacks, strokes, spinal damage, dangerous infections, blood clots, aneurysms, etc. ER overcrowding also leads to medical oversights.

If medical error caused my loved one’s death, do damages transfer to family?

California law allows surviving spouses, children, or other relations to recover compensation for wrongful death expenses & emotional anguish through litigation.

Let our knowledgeable San Rafael medical malpractice lawyers fight on your behalf if negligence caused catastrophic injury or death. Call 800-426-5546 or contact us online for a zero-cost consultation. Justice awaits!

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