Santa Cruz, CA Medical Malpractice Lawyer - Hospital Negligence Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical negligence in or around Santa Cruz, CA, you may be eligible to pursue legal action and receive financial compensation. Moseley Collins Law’s dedicated team has over 40 years of experience helping clients prove doctor or hospital negligence nationwide. We understand how difficult this process can be, which is why we approach every client with compassion. From our initial free, no obligation consultation to our firm's excellent success rate, we are committed to getting you the maximum compensation you deserve.

Overview of Common Types of Medical Malpractice Cases

Our Santa Cruz medical negligence lawyers have extensive experience handling the wide range of doctor and hospital errors that can happen. Some of the most common medical malpractice cases we see in the Santa Cruz area include:

Failure to Diagnose - One of the leading causes of medical malpractice lawsuits nationwide is failure to properly diagnose a condition. This could involve diagnosing the wrong condition altogether, missing key symptoms, or not ordering appropriate tests to confirm a diagnosis. Some examples of conditions often misdiagnosed include infections, heart attacks, strokes, and cancer. The resulting delay in proper treatment allows the condition to worsen and leads to additional harm.

Medication Errors - With the fast pace in hospitals and clinics today, mistakes in medication dosing and administration happen too frequently. Some errors include prescribing for a contraindicated condition, giving the wrong drug or dose, failing to monitor side effects, or improper labeling of prescriptions. These errors can cause dangerous drug interactions, overdoses, addictions, and other sometimes fatal reactions in patients.

Childbirth Injuries - The complicated nature of labor and delivery lends itself to errors by doctors, nurses, and hospitals. These can lead to devastating, permanent injuries in both mothers and newborns. Some examples are failure to perform an indicated C-section, improper use of vacuum or forceps resulting in physical harm to the baby, and inadequate fetal heart rate monitoring missing signs of fetal distress.

Surgical Errors - Surgical mistakes involve harm that happens to patients before, during or following a surgery. From operating on the wrong body part or unintended damage to organs and nerves, to anesthesia errors, surgical items left inside patients, infections, and postoperative complications - the potential for catastrophic injury is extremely high.

If you or someone you love has suffered harm in one of these scenarios due to medical negligence in or around Santa Cruz County, you need a lawyer on your side to obtain the justice and compensation to move forward.

Major Hospitals Serving the Santa Cruz Area

Major Hospitals Serving the Santa Cruz Area

Dominican Hospital - Dominican Hospital is a full-service medical facility offering inpatient care, emergency services, surgery, childbirth services, and diagnostic imaging, among other services. They operate multiple physician clinics across Santa Cruz.

Watsonville Community Hospital - This 107-bed hospital provides emergency care, inpatient acute care, intensive care, surgery, childbirth and neonatal intensive care, diagnostic, cancer and cardiac services. Their medical center serves local residents and visitors.

Kindred Hospital Santa Cruz - Kindred is a 57-bed transitional care hospital specializing in intensive nursing care. They treat medically complex patients and offer physical, occupational and speech rehabilitation therapy to recovering patients as they transition home.

Common Injuries Caused by Medical Negligence in Santa Cruz County

The level of harm resulting from medical malpractice can range from temporary illness to catastrophic, life-changing injury or even death. Some of the negligence-related injuries we help victims pursue damages for in the Santa Cruz area include:

  • Brain Damage - Errors in diagnosis, surgery, medication, and childbirth frequently lead to permanent, disabling brain damage impacting lives forever. We have assisted families in medical negligence cases resulting in cerebral palsy, epileptic disorders, and profound cognitive losses for both children and adults.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries - Damage to the delicate spinal cord often happens due to surgical errors, improper technique in epidurals and spinals, failure to immobilize fracture patients properly, and more. Some of the Santa Cruz victims of medical negligence we have represented faced partial or total paralysis, loss of sensation, chronic nerve pain, and other permanent disability.
  • Wrongful Death - The ultimate price due to medical negligence is the tragic loss of life that should not have occurred. Failure to diagnose serious conditions along with surgical mistakes, medication errors, and other lapses in proper standards of care lead to wrongful deaths that leave devastated families seeking accountability and justice. We have successfully represented families who lost loved ones due to medical negligence and obtained record settlements and verdicts in Santa Cruz County.

If you lost a loved one due to medical errors or you face permanent disability that severely impacts your quality of life, you need lawyers who understand how to prove negligence and maximize compensation in these complex cases. With over 170 years of combined legal experience, decades of securing millions for clients through settlements and verdicts in Santa Cruz County courts, we have the dedication and credentials to effectively advocate for victims of medical negligence and their families.

Areas of Santa Cruz County We Serve

Our lawyers handle medical malpractice cases not just within the city limits of Santa Cruz but across Santa Cruz County. No matter which town your incident occurred in, we can meet with you locally and represent your case vigorously. Some of the specific cities and communities near Santa Cruz that our law firm serves include:

  • Capitola
  • Aptos
  • Live Oak
  • Scotts Valley
  • Soquel
  • Watsonville
  • Freedom
  • Mount Hermon
  • Felton
  • Ben Lomond
  • Interlaken

If you don’t see your specific town or city listed, give us a call. We handle cases across Santa Cruz County and will come to your local area for a free consultation.

Average Medical Negligence Settlement Amounts and Awards

Average Medical Negligence Settlement Amounts and Awards

Any amount of money awarded can never make up for the harm done. However, financial compensation obtained through a medical malpractice settlement or court award is intended to pay for things like:

  • Extensive healthcare needs both now and in the future
  • Specialized medical equipment
  • In-home caregiving assistance
  • Lost wages now and future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

The cases with the highest settlement values involve catastrophic injury leading to permanent disability or wrongful death of a patient. When long term around-the-clock care is required, settlements often reach well into the millions.

Keep in mind each case has unique circumstances, complexities and challenges. There are no guarantees on case results. However, choosing a lawyer with extensive experience maximizing compensation in the most severe, high damage cases involving medical negligence can have a significant impact. Let our proven Santa Cruz medical malpractice lawyers review your situation through a free case evaluation today.

What Makes Our Santa Cruz Medical Malpractice Lawyers Different

Successfully handling medical negligence cases takes extensive resources and legal experience. With over 40 combined years winning results for clients injured by medical errors, our firm offers:

  • Nationally Renowned Experts - We utilize the top medical specialists across disciplines to investigate cases and provide expert testimony on negligence. By working with leaders in their fields from prominent institutions like Mayo Clinic, John Hopkins, and Harvard Medical School, we build stronger arguments on liability.
  • Medical Experts - Specialized medical experts focus on comparing the documented standards of care against what happened. This helps identify deviations and their impacts for proving negligence.
  • Meticulous Case Preparation - We gather all the pertinent medical records, consult with subject matter experts, thoroughly question witnesses and leave no detail unexamined in building evidence for trial. No law firm prepares cases to win more vigorously than we do.
  • Courtroom Mastery - Our lead lawyers have over 40 years of combined litigation experience specifically focused in medical negligence. We've handled some of the most complex medical error cases in Santa Cruz courts, giving us an edge when presenting before a jury.

If you want tenacious lawyers who leverage considerable resources to maximize your financial recovery, we have the winning formula.

Our Promise to Victims in Santa Cruz County

Pursuing justice after an incident of medical negligence can feel confusing and overwhelming on top of dealing with physical and emotional trauma. We make legal action as seamless as possible by providing:

  • Free case evaluations with no obligations to proceed
  • Support navigating the legal process
  • Compassionate guidance every step of the way
  • No recovery, no fees arrangement

Even if we cannot take your specific case, we promise to point you to resources that may help or refer you to another quality lawyer. As advocates for patient safety and accountability among Santa Cruz healthcare providers, getting you answers and options is our top priority.

Put our extensive expertise to work for you. Call or contact us online today to schedule your free, no obligation case assessment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)What qualifies as medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional or facility breaches the standard of care they are expected to provide, resulting in injury, disability, or death of a patient. This includes things like surgical errors, failure to diagnose conditions, medication mistakes, childbirth injuries, etc. The key is proving that the harm was preventable instead of an unavoidable complication.

Do I have a case if no one told me my medical care was improper?

Yes, you can still have a valid medical negligence case even if other doctors don't openly admit malpractice happened. We conduct in-depth investigations and consult with independent experts to determine if acceptable standards were breached. Many facilities guard reputations closely making admission of negligence very rare.

How long do I have to file a medical malpractice claim in California?

In most cases you have 1 year from the date of discovery or 3 years from the date of injury to have a doctor or hospital negligence claim filed. There are exceptions for children injured by medical negligence giving until a certain birthday. An experienced lawyer can best advise you on the timeframe.

Does medical malpractice include the failure of a doctor to diagnose a disease or condition?

Absolutely. One of the leading allegations in medical negligence lawsuits pertains to conditions that go undiagnosed or get diagnosed too late to treat effectively. Diseases like cancer or infections caught in advanced stages drastically lower survival rates and lead to further harm.

Can I sue for a loved one's death that resulted from medical negligence?

If the loss of a loved one was a direct result of provable medical malpractice, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible healthcare providers. This allows families and beneficiaries to pursue compensation for things like funeral expenses, lost future earnings the victim could have contributed, loss of companionship and more damages unique to the situation. A lawyer experienced in such sensitive cases can advise you best on options.

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.
"Everyone at the law firm was helpful, considerate and courteous. I would highly recommend Moseley Collins. Thank you so much." Robyn D.