What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is an act or omission by a health care provider in which the treatment provided falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient, with most cases involving medical error.

In 2015, $3,891,743,050 was paidout for Medical Malpractice lawsuits in the United States.

Were you or a member of your family injured as a result of medical negligence or a healthcare provider's mistake? Do you know what really happened? You deserve a clear explanation, and if medical malpractice did cause your injury, you deserve compensation.

Medical malpractice is a particularly challenging area of law. Bringing a successful claim to the insurance company or to a jury requires lawyers with extensive experience, the financial resources to pay for a thorough investigation, and access to top medical experts.

At Michels & Lew, our attorneys have the experience and skill needed to get results in medical malpractice cases. Our past successes allow us to say with confidence that we are one of California's premier medical malpractice law firms. In fact, The American Trial Lawyers Association has named us among the Top Law Firms in America. We have helped our clients recover over $1.5 billion in compensation.

If you believe you were injured by a medical professional in a hospital, nursing home or clinic, we invite you call us with the facts of your case. Bradford S. Davis, M.D., our medical director, will arrange a review of your case.

Evaluation of these types of cases can be very expensive. We pay all of those costs. We only claim reimbursement if we succeed in your case. If we decline your case or we don't succeed, you will not be required to pay those costs.

We handle these and other medical malpractice cases:

  • Birth injuries caused by failure to perform a cesarean, failure to diagnose fetal distress resulting in brain injury or cerebral palsy, inappropriate use of forceps and suction during delivery, and failure to treat maternal Group B strep resulting in neonatal meningitis
  • Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a treatable condition, such as early stage cancer, heart attack, stroke, gestational diabetes, or bacterial / fungal meningitis in enough time to provide effective medical care
  • Surgical errors resulting in amputation mistakes, infection, or spinal cord injuries
  • Emergency room and hospital mistakes, including failure to admit a patient, releasing a patient too soon, and failure to refer a patient to a specialist
  • Medication errors resulting in allergic reactions to medication, drug overdoses or death
  • Intubation errors resulting in temporary or permanent breathing problems, lack of oxygen, brain injury or death
  • Laboratory mistakes and misinterpretation of x-rays and other test results
  • Fatal radiation errors and burn injuries
  • Nursing home injuries resulting from abuse or neglect

Did a previous lawyer mishandle your medical malpractice case?

Clients sometimes ask us to take over their case or to review whether their case was mishandled by a previous attorney. If possible, we will pursue a legal malpractice claim against a lawyer whose negligence resulted in a failed claim. We also have a long history of success with cases that other law firms or other attorneys turned down. Contact us to see how we may be able to assist you no matter how complex your case may seem. If medical negligence played a part in your injuries, we will hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.