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July 2016 Archives

Medical malpractice statute reduces $1.75 million award

When a patient goes for a standard operation, such as an appendectomy or a hiatal hernia, and the patient dies shortly thereafter, an investigation must be instituted by the next of kin as quickly as possible. There is generally going to be some kind of irregularity that occurred in the procedure, assuming that the death is, in fact, related to the surgery. By getting the facts and the records early, the surviving family of the decedent will be in a much better position to evaluate under California law whether the death was caused by medical malpractice.

Jury gives $53 million award in medical malpractice birth case

After thousands of past cases brought by parents of children suffering brain injury and/or other traumas at birth, our medical care industry seems to be no closer to figuring out how to stop medical negligence during the birth process. The cases are well-documented in California and every other state. Medical malpractice is committed each time that the hospital fails to give the mother and the baby the minimum standard of care that the profession recognizes under the circumstances.

Monetary toll is great when big rigs cause fatal car accidents

Some of the largest economic recoveries from California vehicular accidents involve negligently operated tractor trailers. If the rig was being operated by or on behalf of a large industrial company, there may be very large settlements in car accidents caused by negligent truckers. The prospect of collecting a large settlement, however, may be of little immediate comfort to a surviving husband who has lost his wife and children in a brutally tragic collision.

Car accidents: Man veers into oncoming traffic, leaving 3 dead

Initial press reports regarding an auto accident can be sparse on the facts and even inaccurate in what they do report. With respect to car accidents in California, and other states for that matter, one should not generally make conclusions from short news articles that obviously present a brief summary and nothing else. That being said, a brief news report regarding a recent car crash near Lancaster may nonetheless give a good picture of the allocation of liability between the parties.