When a patient visits a doctor or other healthcare professional, a high level of trust is given to them by the patient. If the doctor makes a mistake, the consequences can be serious or even deadly, particularly since the patient most likely already has some type of health problem before visiting the doctor.
California medical malpractice can take a variety of forms. The negligence could occur at any point during a patient’s treatment – from discovery of the health problem, to diagnosis, to treatment, or during recovery. Some common medical errors include missing a diagnosis or making an incorrect diagnosis, errors in medication, surgical or hospital errors, birth injuries, and more. Additionally, a medical mistake may be committed by someone other than a doctor – a nurse, therapist, technician, or an aide.
Medical malpractice has occurred if a medical professional breaches their duty to a patient, and results in an injury. In deciding whether a doctor breached their duty to a patient, courts typically consider whether the doctor provided the same standard of care as other doctors in the medical community.
Medical malpractice cases in California can be incredibly complex. In many situations, it’s difficult to tell if malpractice occurred. If you believe you have been the victim of medical malpractice, contact the San Fernando Valley medical malpractice attorneys at the Mandell Law Firm. Our lawyers will work diligently to determine whether negligence occured and will fight to protect your rights. Call today for a free consultation at 818-886-6600 to learn more.
Recently, the former CEO and chairman of KV Pharmaceutical Company pled guilty to tampering with pharmaceuticals, according to Businessweek. He was fined $1 million and sentenced to a month in prison.
According to officials, the company manufactured generic prescription drugs, including morphine. The CEO decided to increase production of morphine by more than double in a two year period between 2006 and 2008. In late 2008, the company shipped oversized pills to retailers in California. Those pills claimed to have the same strength as regular morphine tables, but they actually were much stronger. The tablets weighed more than twice what they were supposed to. The company conducted a study and found that oversized morphine tablets pose increased risks to consumers, such as the risk of an overdose that could lead to a coma or death.
Currently, the company no longer manufactures morphine tablets. Since 2009, the company’s ability to manufacture drugs has been regulated by courts. The CEO was removed from office in December 2008, and resigned from the company’s board late last year. A subsidiary of the drug company plead guilty this month to two felony fraud counts, and was order to pay over $27 million in fines.
Consumers assume when they purchase a drug that they will receive what they are promised. Companies that either accidentally or intentionally manufacture products that are not as advertised can be held liable for any damages that result.
Have you been injured as a result of a dangerous or defective drug? If so, contact the San Fernando Valley pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at the Mandell Law Firm at 818-886-6600.
A nursing home and hospital in Woodland Hills for retired entertainment industry workers was recently fined $10,000 related to quality of care issues, according to The Los Angeles Times.
The home was assessed by the state Department of Public Health for failing to prevent an Alzheimer patient’s several falls. In a span of a little over three months, the patient fell 10 times and broke two bones.
Other incidents at the facility have led the public to question how effective the nursing home is. In 2010, the home was fined $7,500 for failing to prevent an 87-year-old resident’s serious head injury. Additionally, an 89-year-old resident fell down a staircase at the facility. The nursing home planned to shut down its operations, but many residents refused to leave. Since then, the home has begun working on a plan to turn the operation of the home over to a Catholic hospital chain.
Although it is very hard to quantify San Fernando Valley elder abuse and elder neglect, some statistics show that between 1 and 2 million elderly Americans have been mistreated (including neglected) by a caregiver. For every incident that is reported, some studies show that five are unreported.
If you are worried about California nursing home neglect or abuse, do your homework. Check with the state to determine what kinds of complaints have been brought against a particular nursing home. Take a tour of a facility to get an idea of what level of care they provide. Talk to workers there to see if they seem caring and supportive.
If your loved one has been neglected or abused in a nursing home, contact the San Fernando Valley nursing home abuse attorneys at the Mandell Law Firm today. Call us at 818-886-6600 to learn more about your legal options.
An estimated 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, with one in five of those dog bites requires medical attention. Tens of thousands of people each year undergo reconstructive surgery as a result of dog bite injuries.
If you are with someone who has been bitten by a dog, there are some procedures you should follow for treating the bite, according to the National Institutes of Health. First, calm the person down. Before working on the wound put on latex gloves or wash your hands. Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and running water for three to five minutes. If the dog bite injury is bleeding, apply pressure with a clean, dry cloth until it stops. Cover the bite with antibiotic ointment and a clean dressing. Watch for signs of infection and call the doctor if it becomes infected.
For serious wounds, call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately after a dog bite attack. Some examples of serious wounds are if the wound is bleeding significantly and won’t stop; if the animal was wild or unknown; if the bite is on the face, neck, or hands; if the wound needs stitches; or if the individual hasn’t had a tetanus shot within the past five years.
People who are bitten by dogs can recover compensation from the dog’s owner for any damage caused by the dog under certain situations. If you have been bitten by a dog, call the San Fernando Valley dog bite attorneys at the Mandell Law Firm at 818-886-6600 today for a free consultation.
Recently, a church bus that was traveling west from Pasadena on Highway 189 collided into another vehicle on the opposing side of traffic before crashing into a telephone pole, traveling down an embankment and finally striking a cedar tree, according to The Pasadena Star-News. The 25-passenger bus crashed into a Nissan Murano driven by the San Bernardino County Fire Battalion Chief, who was not injured. The 61-year-old bus driver was killed and six passengers were critically injured with one, a 12-year-old girl, sustaining a severe brain injury. A total of twelve people were hospitalized for varying degrees of injury, with three requiring surgery.
The 12-year-old girl also suffered internal abdominal bleeding in addition to her California brain injury. Doctors say her biggest challenge will be regaining brain function and she is in “extremely critical condition.” The girl is the most severely injured of all the victims and could be transferred to a children’s hospital once she is stable. At the time this article was written, the child was still unconscious.
The cause of the crash is unknown, though investigators have determined that neither weather nor alcohol were factors. A thorough investigation of the bus itself may provide some answers in regards to whether or not the bus was in proper working order at the time of the crash. If it is determined that some form of negligence contributed to the crash and the occupants’ subsequent fatal and serious injuries, the negligent party could be held liable.
At The Mandell Law Firm, our aggressive California car accident brain injury attorneys understand the stress that comes with a traumatic brain injury. Such an injury can alter the lives of not only the individual, but also those of family members who must now care for that individual. Surgeries, round-the-clock medical care, rehabilitation, and other necessary care can quickly drain a family’s finances. If the brain injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, our lawyers can help you understand your rights and ensure that you are compensated fairly. While no amount of money will take back what happened, it can ease the financial burden substantially. Call 818-886-6600 to learn more about how our attorneys can help.