South Bay Medical Malpractice Attorney
About California's Medical Malpractice Laws
The courts in the South Bay and throughout the rest of California recognize the right of a patient who has been injured as a result of the negligence or oversight of a doctor to pursue compensation by filing a medical malpractice claim. If you have been harmed or have lost a loved one due to a doctor's failure to perform at the accepted standards of practice or to the doctor's careless or reckless actions or omissions, you may have grounds to file a malpractice claim with the goal of recovering damages. It is important to know, however, that the laws in California are notoriously tough in restricting the ability of a plaintiff to succeed in such a claim.
In 1975, California passed the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA), a law which had the goal of keeping healthcare costs down by reducing the premiums that doctors have to pay for malpractice insurance. Among other things, MICRA places a cap on the noneconomic damages which a plaintiff can recover, with the result that you cannot claim any more than $250,000 in damages for pain, suffering, emotional distress and similar things. This figure has not been adjusted to compensate for inflation: In 1975 dollars it would be the equivalent of more than $1 million, but now it is relatively small in consideration of the considerable pain and suffering of a patient who has suffered as a result of medical malpractice.
Hire a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Who Can Fight for You
In light of the restrictions imposed by MICRA, it is vital that you choose a South Bay personal injury attorney who has the skill, experience and dedication necessary to pursue the maximum settlement or jury verdict in your case. You need a lawyer who can effectively fight to win the largest possible amount in economic damages to fully compensate you for your lost income in the present and future, as well as for your medical bills for the treatment you have received and will require over the coming years.
Come to Layfield & Wallace, APC, where we have won more than $70 million for clients in Manhattan Beach, Hawthorne, Torrance, El Segundo, Redondo Beach and throughout the region. We can take on even the most challenging medical malpractice claims including birth injuries, surgical errors, psychiatric abuse, prescription errors and others. Contact us now for a free consultation and to get the process started!