Medical Malpractice

The term "medical malpractice" relates to a claim for money damages based on a medical professional's failure to provide proper care, resulting in injury. It could be an act, such as giving the wrong medication, or a failure to act, such as not ordering antibiotics when someone has an infection. It is important to remember that most medical professionals are very skilled and competent people, and many of the things a lay person might think is malpractice is not. Nonetheless, medical errors do happen every day. In fact, tens of thousands of people are victims of medical malpractice each year, many resulting in permanent injuries or death. But every patient has the right to be treated with competent care by their medical professional.

The Knowledge To Succeed Against Strong Opponents

Medical malpractice cases are considered among the most challenging personal injury cases. It is a fact that tens of thousands of people are injured or killed each year by medical malpractice. And while surgerymedicine is not an exact science, every patient has the right to competent medical care by physicians, nurses and hospitals. If you have a medical malpractice claim, it is important that you have competent representation to assist you.

You need a medical malpractice attorney with in-depth knowledge of medicine, medical malpractice law, the defense lawyers and trial practice. Our law firm is led by Markus Willoughby, a former Oakland medical malpractice defense trial lawyer who has successfully tried many medical malpractice negligence cases and Kaiser arbitrations all over the state of California over the last two decades. We understand how to build strong cases against physicians, physician groups and hospitals. Experience makes a difference.

Advocates In Your Time Of Need

We understand how medical mistakes can affect your life and the lives of your family members. Willoughby Law Firm will guide you through the legal process, and deliver results in the courtroom. If you have suffered harm due to medical mistakes or the fault of another person, you likely have many questions such as:

  • I have been out of work for a long time. Will I be able to get that money back?
  • I have medical bills over $40,000. How am I going to pay those bills?
  • The rent is overdue. What options are available to me for making those payments?
  • I have small children and I can't care for them. What can I do?
  • My insurance policy won't cover my medical care. What now?
  • The hospital has offered me a small settlement. Is it fair? What should I do?

These are just a some of the issues that we help our clients with on a daily basis. The sooner these concerns are put behind you, the sooner you can focus on getting your life back to normal.

Why You Need Competent Attorneys

Medical malpractice is a very specialized field of law. And because of the costs associated with medical malpractice cases, and the need to understand medicine and manage expert medical witnesses, most lawyers will not accept medical malpractice cases.

If you believe you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice, you need to speak with an attorney with the experience and proven track record of success in handling these complex cases. The attorneys at Willoughby Law Firm focus their practice on all medical malpractice and medical injury-related lawsuits, including claims of emotional distress. Whether you or your loved ones are a victim of a failure to diagnose, a surgical complication, a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, a birth injury, an amputation, wrongful death or any other type of medical injury, Willoughby Law Firm has the knowledge and experience to handle your case effectively and correctly.

Proving A Medical Malpractice Case

In every medical malpractice case, the victim must prove that the medical professional (for example, a doctor or a nurse) failed to provide the same treatment that other competent doctors or nurses would provide under the same circumstances. Also, that the doctor's treatment resulted in an injury or death to the victim. This almost always requires the use of medical expert witnesses to give their opinion as whether the doctor or nurse did something wrong. Proving that the doctor or nurse did something wrong that caused an injury is referred to as "liability."

Once liability is established, the victim will be entitled to money damages. Damages for pain and suffering in California are limited by statute. However, economic damages for wage loss, money you have spent because of your injury and future medical expenses may also be recovered.

Does The Firm Handle Cases In My Hometown?

Yes. While Willoughby Law Firm is an Oakland medical malpractice attorney firm, we have offices in Southern California and represent clients throughout the state.

Free Initial Consultation

If you, or a loved one, have suffered a life-changing personal injury, please contact Willoughby Law Firm for a FREE consultation about any type of medical negligence claim, wrongful death or personal injury claim. You can call our law office in downtown Oakland at 800-833-7005 or send an email. No fee unless we provide results.

Remember, the sooner you begin this process, the sooner your life will return to normal. So, don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns if you or a loved one has been injured.