Oakland Medical Malpractice Lawyer
We trust our doctors, nurses, and medical care providers with the most important thing we have – our health. Increasingly, patients feel like their doctors and nurses do not listen to them, do not provide them with the time and attention they deserve, move too quickly from one patient to the next, and essentially treat them like a product on an assembly line instead of a person. Not only is this kind of treatment ineffective, but it can lead to mistakes with serious ramifications.
If you have been injured by the negligence of a medical professional, the dedicated Oakland medical malpractice lawyers at Venardi Zurada can help. We have extensive experience handling difficult and complex medical malpractice cases, and a reputation for being relentless and resourceful in ensuring our clients are appropriately compensated for their injuries. We do not rest until our clients get the recovery they deserve.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs whenever a medical professional acts in a way that a reasonable medical professional should not, or fails to act in a way that a reasonable medical professional would. Anything from botching a surgery to missing a diagnosis to failing to order necessary tests can be a form of medical malpractice when the result is that a patient is in some way harmed due to the mistreatment.
At Venardi Zurada, our dedicated medical malpractice legal team has decades of combined experience pursuing all types of medical malpractice claims. We evaluate cases against allegedly negligent physicians, surgeons, dentists, nurses, psychiatrists, pharmacists, and other health care providers in a wide range of matters, including:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Failure to diagnose
- Surgical errors (e.g., object left inside, surgery on wrong body part, wrong patient, unnecessary surgery, use of contaminated instruments)
- Birth Injuries
- Nursing home negligence and abuse
- Anesthesia errors
- Exposure to pathogens during a hospital stay
- Failure to treat or test as appropriate
- Radiological and other diagnostic errors
- Medication errors, either as prescribed, as filled by a pharmacist, or as delivered to patients
- Failure to adjust treatment for medical history, conflicting medications, or allergies
Proving Medical Malpractice
Malpractice cases can be particularly challenging to prove. A patient must demonstrate all of the following:
- A doctor, nurse, hospital or other healthcare provider acted negligently or failed to act when called for
- A reasonable member of the medical community would have acted differently under the same circumstances
- The doctor’s actions or inaction led to the patient suffering actual harm
Proving these elements requires medical expertise. A medical expert must believe that a reasonable, trained expert in the medical field would have acted differently than the defendant under the same circumstances. An expert must also show that the doctor’s action or failure to act caused the patient harm, for example, that a delayed diagnosis led to an illness becoming more severe. These cases can be extremely complex, and they can be difficult to prove without adequate training, experience, and preparation. Moreover, California has various laws on the books that limit a medical practitioner’s liability in order to keep malpractice insurance premiums lower, such as the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) of 1975.
At Venardi Zurada, we don’t mind a challenge. If you believe you were harmed because of the negligent failures of a hospital or other healthcare provider, we believe that you have a right to recover. Through our decades of personal injury experience, we know the experts to call to help prove your case, we know what evidence to look for, we understand the law and the strongest arguments to make to persuade judges, juries, insurance providers and defendants. If you were hurt by a doctor’s negligence, you can trust the medical malpractice team at Venardi Zurada.
Oakland Medical Malpractice Lawyers You Can Trust
If you or a loved one has suffered from negligent medical care in Oakland, contact the knowledgeable and detail-oriented medical malpractice lawyers at Venardi Zurada, LLP. Call 925-937-3900 or contact us online today for a free consultation. Discuss your case with us and learn how we can help you recover the compensation you deserve. We operate on contingency fees for medical malpractice claims, meaning that you pay nothing unless we recover compensation for you.