Surgeons are required to perform surgeries responsibly. They are required to hold themselves to a high standard of medical practice. Sadly, they do not always do so. Doctors, even the most experienced ones, can act negligently before, during or after surgery. If this has happened to you, you can sue the surgeon for surgical malpractice. Talking to a personal injury or wrongful death attorney can be beneficial if you are uncertain about whether malpractice occurred.
Common surgical errors
Surgical errors are actually more common than you would think.
If you are injured during the course of medical care after a healthcare professional breaches the standard of care, you may have a case of medical malpractice. Like most claims for personal injuries, medical malpractice damages have the potential to be significant. In California, though, medical malpractice damages have been capped. This means that the amount of money you are able to collect if you win a case is limited.
Losing a loved one is a very emotional experience. If someone passes away due to the negligence of another, it doesn’t make it easier. However, you might be able to recover damages for your loss, with the assistance of a wrongful death attorney.
What Are Some Examples Of Wrongful Death?
Intentional acts, such as murder or manslaughter. California law does say that a killing in self-defense or other justifiable homicide is not an example of wrongful death.
In California, drivers always have a duty to exercise reasonable care while driving so as not to injure others. Some causes of driver negligence include distracted driving, excessive speed, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and more. A driver’s duty of reasonable care is upgraded when driving in areas where children are present, such as within the vicinity of schools.
And pedestrians have a similar duty to exercise reasonable care for their own safety.
Fatal pedestrian accidents are up dramatically nationwide over the five year period between 2009 and 2014, with California pedestrian accident fatalities averaging higher than the national average—sometimes much higher. In fact, Palm Springs reports pedestrian deaths quadruple the national average.
What is causing this spike in pedestrian deaths in California?
Authorities believe that there are many contributing factors to the increase in pedestrian accident fatalities including the following:
Who is liable in the event of a fatal hiking accident?
What should have been an enjoyable camping trip turned tragic when a father and son died while hiking near a Northern California lake. Police officials reports that the pair were hiking along a trail by Shaver Lake when they suddenly fell off a cliff. The trail was not an official one but is easy to access and commonly walked along. A similar accident occurred in the area in 2014.
Q: Are health clubs required to have working AEDs on site?
In the movies, we often see a victim clutching his chest and falling as a team of rescuers jump into action, grabbing and placing paddles on his chest and yelling “clear” as he is shocked back to life. Cue the happy ending.
An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is a portable device that can be used to deliver an electrical shock through the chest to the heart to help save those experiencing an unsynchronized heart rhythm while emergency medical workers are on the way.