Medical malpractice is considered any legal action taken against a health care provider who is being accused of negligence or an activity that resulted in the personal injury or death of a patient. Malpractice lawsuits are becoming more and more common as people begin to question the effectiveness of the health care they receive.
Having an attorney who’s main practice area includes medical malpractice is the key to uncovering the information need to build an effective and credible case. Attorneys who have a medical background can offer sound advice to their clients who feel they or a loved one may have been injured at the hands of a physician or health care facility that they trusted to provide quality care.
Corona Medical Malpractice Attorney
Questions that are commonly asked of a Corona medical malpractice attorney include:
- What is the definition of medical malpractice?
- What does a person or facility need to be considered a “health care provider”?
- How are individuals and facilities licensed?
- What types of errors and actions are included in medical malpractice lawsuits?
- How does someone know if they have a medical malpractice case?
- What can someone expect to receive if they win a medical malpractice lawsuit?
These and many other questions are often asked of medical malpractice attorneys in the Corona area. People who feel as if they have been treated unfairly or negligently by their physician or health care provider often do not know who to turn to. A medical malpractice attorney can help them determine if they have a case and what is the best way to proceed when seeking compensation for their injuries. There are two requirements for success in a medical malpractice matter: (1) a healthcare provider doing something below the standard of care and (2) harms/damages as a result of the substandard care. As easy as this sounds, successfully proving these two elements is anything but easy.
Should an Emergency Room doctor perform a routine procedure like a spinal tap and simply have a difficult time getting spinal fluid, this, alone, would not likely not constitute substandard care. Spinal taps are very easy in some people, and quite difficult in others as a result of each person having a unique vertebral anatomy. When a spinal tapper encounters difficulty after a couple dry taps, he or she should be thinking about asking for guidance under fluoroscopy or asking another physician (anesthesiologist, neurologist, neurosurgeon or spinal surgeon, or even another ER doctor). What is likely substandard care is repeatedly puncturing the spinal coverings and slashing neural tissue in the process.
The legislature and the civil court system have designed medical malpractice cases to compensate victims of medical malpractice with money, for money is really the only thing that can be provided. A car can be repaired to “good as new” condition or replaced, but physical injury can never be undone. The system is not designed to punish the defendant doctor or to take his or her license away. The system will not require the defendant doctor to admit error or apologize. The system will compensate the successful plaintiff with money. While this may not be satisfying to the victim, this outcome must be understood by anyone contemplating engaging in a medical malpractice suit.
If you suspect you have been the victim of medical malpractice, call me. Every potential client in my firm begins the process by speaking to me and then, if I see potential negligence, a medical records review. This process is also a two-step, but one that is quite easy – requiring a potential client to call me to get started.
Paul J. Molinaro, M.D. J.D.
Paul J. Molinaro, M.D. J.D. is a medical malpractice attorney who also brings to the table a wealth of medical knowledge and experience. As a licensed physician, he is able to offer advice from two different perspectives. This gives his clients the unique advantage of being able to have their case presented from a medical point of view.
Serving all of California, Molinaro and the attorneys and staff of Fransen & Molinaro take each case very seriously. They understand the importance of good health and what it means when someone is injured and cannot have the same quality of life they enjoyed prior to the incident in question. Their goal is to build medical malpractice cases that not only compensate their clients, but also provide the piece of mind that helped to prevent others from experiencing the same issues.