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This website contains a great deal of information regarding our firm's key areas of practice. We welcome you to browse through this information or to contact our offices to speak with a California medical malpractice lawyer who can answer your questions and address your concerns. As we only handle medical malpractice cases, we are able to focus our resources and experience on this highly complex field, including in such areas as:

Anesthesia Malpractice
Anesthesia, whether general or local, plays an important role in surgeries and other medical procedures where a patient may experience pain. Particularly in regard to general anesthesia, it must be administered properly and the patient must be closely monitored during the procedure to ensure there are no complications. When anesthesia malpractice occurs, a patient may be left with serious brain damage or may even lose his or her life. Read more about anesthesia malpractice...

Bilirubin
Bilirubin is a brownish-yellow substance found in bile and is produced when the liver breaks down old red blood cells. In a newborn, elevated bilirubin levels may lead to brain damage, hearing loss, physical abnormalities and even death in some cases. Improper diagnosis or treatment of high bilirubin levels may be a form of medical malpractice, and it is important to consult an attorney if you suspect negligence. Read more about bilirubin

Birth Injury
OB/GYNs, nurses and all medical professionals involved in the labor and delivery process have an obligation to treat mother and baby with a standard level of care. When this does not occur, serious birth injuries may result. Lack of oxygen to the brain and physical trauma are the two leading causes of birth injuries, and paralysis, cerebral palsy, Erb's palsy, brachial plexus injury or other serious conditions may result, changing a family's life forever. Read more about birth injuries

Brachial Plexus Injury
The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves that extends from the spinal cord at the neck and into the shoulder, sending and receiving nerve impulses to and from the arm. During vaginal delivery, injury to the brachial plexus may occur if the baby's head is twisted or bent. Read more about brachial plexus injury

Brain Cooling
When a baby suffers from a lack of oxygen/blood to the brain during delivery, a condition called hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) may result. In moderate and severe cases of HIE, the body's attempts to repair itself may cause more damage than good, and in these matters the only chance at helping the body heal properly may be to slow the healing process through brain cooling, or induced hypothermia of the brain. Read more about brain cooling

Brain Injuries
Brain injury may be caused by direct physical trauma or by a lack of oxygen/blood to the brain. In either instance, immediate and proper medical treatment is necessary for the best chance of recovery. Our firm handles medical malpractice claims related to brain injuries, offering experienced representation. Read more about brain injuries

Cancer Misdiagnosis
For a patient to have the greatest chance of survival, cancer must be diagnosed as early as possible. If a doctor failed to diagnose or misdiagnosed cancer, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice suit. Read more about cancer misdiagnosis

Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a medical condition that results from injury to the brain, affecting voluntary movement and coordination. It may be caused by medical malpractice during childbirth due to lack of oxygen to the brain. Read more about cerebral palsy

Dental Malpractice
Dentists have an obligation to provide a standard level of dental care, and the failure to do so may lead to serious medical conditions and even wrongful death. Read more about dental malpractice

Developmental Delays
Significant delays in a child achieving certain milestones in development may indicate a medical condition that was caused by negligence or malpractice before, during or immediately after childbirth. In these matters, it is important to hold the responsible party accountable. Read more about developmental delays

Doctor/Hospital Malpractice
Hospitals, doctors and all medical facilities and professionals throughout California and the entire U.S. have an obligation to provide a standard level of treatment and care to their patients. When this does not occur, serious injury or even death may result. Read more about doctor/hospital malpractice

ER Malpractice
The emergency room is a busy place, often manned by overworked doctors and nurses who need to quickly diagnose, prioritize and admit patients according to the severity of their medical conditions. When a mistake is made, the results may be catastrophic. Read more about emergency room malpractice

Gestational Diabetes
Proper diagnosis and treatment of gestational diabetes is absolutely crucial for the health of both mother and baby during and after pregnancy. Proper delivery is also key, as gestational diabetes may lead to a larger baby and the need for a cesarean section to avoid complications. Read more about gestational diabetes

Intrauterine Growth Retardation
In some pregnancies, the developing baby may weigh less than 90% of other babies at the same gestational stage. A diagnosis of intrauterine growth retardation means that the obstetrician should take proper measures to protect the baby's health during and after delivery. Read more about intrauterine growth retardation

Kaiser Malpractice
Approximately one in four insured Californians are covered by Kaiser. In the event of malpractice or negligence, the insured and Kaiser must enter arbitration to resolve the matter. We are highly skilled in these proceedings and are prepared to seek the fair settlements our clients deserve. Read more about Kaiser malpractice

Kernicterus
Severe jaundice in an infant may lead to a rare type of brain damage called kernicterus. This permanent brain damage can be prevented if jaundice is diagnosed and properly treated as early as possible. Read more about kernicterus

Medical Misdiagnosis
The misdiagnosis of a medical condition may cause a patient to suffer serious harm, whether from the administration of an improper treatment or because he or she is discharged when actually suffering from a life-threatening illness or injury. Read more about medical misdiagnosis

Medical Negligence
An act or omission in patient treatment may be considered medical negligence if it deviates from the standard level of medical care. Identifying the standard treatment and the deviation from this are key pars of proving negligence by a medical caregiver. Read more about medical negligence

Medication Errors
Medication errors are one of the leading types of medical malpractice in the U.S. today. The wrong medicine or the wrong dosage amount may cause a patient to suffer serious or even deadly side effects. Read more about medication errors

Meningitis
Meningitis may occur at any age, but is particularly serious when it occurs in an infant or young child. Early diagnosis and proper treatment are key to helping a patient avoid permanent disability and brain damage. Read more about meningitis

Mental Retardation
Mental retardation may be caused by genetic defects or developmental problems not related to delivery, but in some cases mild to moderate mental retardation may actually be caused by a lack of oxygen to a baby's brain during delivery – and may therefore be linked to medical malpractice. Read more about mental retardation

MicrocephalyIn some cases, injury to the brain during labor or delivery may lead to a condition where the brain does not grow or does not grow to full capacity. Microcephaly can be diagnosed by age 2, and it is important to thoroughly investigate the cause to determine whether malpractice was involved. Read more about microcephaly

Nursing Home Negligence
Abuse and negligence in California nursing homes is an unfortunate reality, sometimes leading to severe physical and emotional trauma or wrongful death. In these matters, you may be able to seek justice against the responsible nursing home or caregiver. Read more about nursing home negligence

Nursing Malpractice
A nurse may make a mistake or may act negligently, resulting in a medication error, improper monitoring of a patient or otherwise substandard care that causes injury or even death. In these cases, the nurse or hospital may be held accountable. Read more about nursing malpractice

Paralysis
Misdiagnosis of an injury or medical condition, improper treatment of a spinal cord injury, surgical malpractice or negligence during childbirth may cause an adult or child to suffer from paralysis. Our firm vigorously protects the rights of patients who are suffering from paraplegia, quadriplegia or Erb's palsy. Read more about paralysis

Pitocin
Pitocin is a synthetic form of oxytocin, which is a natural hormone produced by a woman's body to cause uterine contractions. It may be used to induce or augment labor, but it has produced controversial results. Read more about pitocin

Plastic Surgery
Malpractice on the part of a plastic surgeon may lead to serious complications that not only affect one's appearance but that may have lasting health-related complications or may even lead to death. Read more about plastic surgery malpractice

Post-Term Pregnancy
Post-term pregnancy may be considered any pregnancy that lasts more than 40 weeks, at which point the aging placenta may be less able to supply sufficient oxygen to the baby. Obstetricians must identify this and closely monitor mother and baby to avoid any problems, possibly inducing labor to avoid the baby suffering from lack of oxygen to the brain. Read more about post-term pregnancy...

Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension
Abnormalities of the placenta may lead to pregnancy-induced hypertension, which may place the mother at risk of seizures and other problems that may affect the baby. Proper diagnosis and close monitoring of mother and baby are essential. Read more about pregnancy-induced hypertension.

Premature Delivery
Delivery before 36 weeks is typically considered pre-term, and delivery before 32 weeks may present serious issues for the baby, increasing the risk of lack of oxygen because the baby's lungs are not fully developed. There are methods of preventing premature delivery or administering steroids to speed up development. Read more about premature delivery

Statute of Limitations
In California, a victim of medical malpractice must file a claim within one year of the incident or of the patient's discovery that his or her condition was caused by malpractice. The statute of limitations is different when it comes to minors and certain conditions, so it is important to discuss your case with an attorney. Read more about the statute of limitations

Surgical Error
Any surgical procedure may present certain risks to the patient, but when a surgeon, nurse, anesthesiologist or other medical professional acts negligently and this then results in injury to the patient, one may have grounds for a malpractice claim. Read more about surgical errors

Traumatic Brain Injuries
Improper use of forceps or a vacuum in an assisted delivery may cause a baby to suffer from a traumatic brain injury. Direct trauma to the head and brain may lead to serious problems, and it is important to take legal action. Read more about traumatic brain injuries

Wrongful Death
When medical malpractice leads to the death of a loved one, the surviving family may be able to move forward with a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible medical professional or facility. We handle these cases with professionalism and the utmost client care. Read more about wrongful death

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