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Oceanside Medical Malpractice Attorney

When we are sick, injured, feeling ill, or need a checkup, we see a doctor. We quite literally trust such doctors, nurses, dentists, and other medical practitioners with our lives, and the majority of them do a great job caring for us. However, when a medical professional does make an error, it can have harmful or even life-threatening results. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor-patient relationship existed between two individuals, the doctor was negligent, and their negligence caused a specific injury that led to damages for the patient. To prove medical malpractice, your case must meet all of these criteria.

Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser has a commitment to helping people harmed by medical malpractice. Our firm believes in fighting wrongdoing and pursuing justice for our clients. We realize how much a medical malpractice claim can impact you, your family, your job, and your finances. When a doctor or healthcare provider acts irresponsibly or negligently, you deserve compensation for your pain and ongoing treatments or lifestyle changes. An Oceanside medical malpractice attorney can get you the help you need to move forward and put this incident in your past. Call us at (760) 512-1172 to learn more about your options.

Our Practice Areas

Our law firm focuses on medical malpractice cases, but also pursues personal injury claims involving these and other situations:

Our Medical Malpractice Practice Areas

Although medical malpractice is relatively uncommon, the results when it does occur are almost always life changing. Whether your doctor performed the wrong surgery or failed to diagnose you, there are a number of negligent actions that can lead to medical malpractice cases. You should not be on the hook for extra expenses because someone else made a critical mistake. An attorney can help you through a number of medical malpractice issues. Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser has experience handling the following:

If you or someone you love was the victim of one of these negligent actions, please do not hesitate to contact our offices. Doctors have an obligation to ensure their patients stay as healthy as possible, but sometimes they fail in this promise or commit crucial errors. When negligent actions do occur, these practitioners should be held accountable for their actions, and their victims should receive the financial help they need.

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California Statistics on Medical Malpractice

Thousands of medical malpractice and adverse action reports are filed across the country every year. In 2014, victims of medical malpractice received a total payout of $224,146,850 in California alone, according to this report by Diederich Healthcare. We realize that no amount of money can make up for the pain of malpractice so bad it lead to a lawsuit, but a healthcare provider should not walk away without any consequences if they are harming patients. Here are some of the statistics on medical malpractice in California from 2016, according to the National Practitioner Data Bank:

  • 1,231 medical malpractice payments
  • 4,360 adverse action reports
  • Over half of payments made totaled $50,000 or more
  • $230.53 million in payments awarded

As these numbers indicate, Californians just like you end up receiving huge sums of money for their suffering. After a medical malpractice incident, it is common to feel overwhelmed and alone. We want you to know that thousands of people across the state ask for help every single year. Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser has the resources and training required to obtain the money you need to move past this traumatic event.

Common Types of Medical Malpractice Cases

All types of medical malpractice are unacceptable and damaging. When someone is going through a ton of pain or additional surgeries they think their doctor may have caused, they may not even realize they are experiencing medical malpractice. Many patients believe that delayed surgeries or failure to diagnose your illness are common enough that it does not count as medical malpractice. This idea could not be further from the truth. Here are some of the reasons a patient can file a lawsuit for medical malpractice:

Failure to Diagnose

When a doctor fails to diagnose an injury or illness, the results can be severe. For example, if you go in for a checkup and have serious heart problems that your doctor overlooks, you could have a heart attack without warning. You are entitled to compensation related to the surgeries, medical bills, and wages lost because of recovery time. Had your doctor noticed your heart disease, the following heart attack and surgery could have been prevented, saving you thousands of dollars.

Postoperative Negligence

Following an operation, it is the responsibility of your doctor to monitor your vital signs, prevent any blood clots or other complications, and provide you with clear instructions explaining to you how to care for your wound. Failure to perform these tasks is negligence that can lead to expensive, painful operations and procedures. The steps following an operation are often as important for the overall health and well-being of a patient as the initial surgery. If your doctor failed to tell you how to care for your wound or neglected to give you essential follow-up information, you could be entitled to compensation.

Wrongful Death

A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil, rather than criminal, lawsuit typically filed by the close family members of a deceased person. Wrongful death covers situations in which a person died because of the negligence or recklessness of another person, which can include medical malpractice claims. This type of lawsuit is good for families who lose someone they love to medical malpractice and need help paying medical bills, insurance debts, burial costs, and other expenses. Especially if the deceased person was the primary source of income, a wrongful death lawsuit could provide families with the money and closure they need to move forward.

It is also important to keep in mind that there is a statute of limitations in place that prevents patients from filing suits after a certain point. In California, the statute of limitations is one year after the injury is discovered or three years after the date of the injury. Since the law also says "whichever comes first", if you haven't found your injury within three years of its occurrence, then you cannot file.

The exception to this rule is if there is a foreign object left in your body. If this occurs, you can file a lawsuit within one year of discovering the object, even if three years have passed since your surgery. A medical malpractice attorney can help you determine if you are eligible to file a lawsuit and how quickly you would need to do so.

Frequently Asked Questions

Medical malpractice is a situation many victims never thought they would have to face. As such, many of our clients have no idea where to begin when they decide they want to file a lawsuit. We have provided the answers to a few common questions to help you better understand your case.

How much money could I get from a lawsuit?

It is difficult to answer this question without knowing the details of your case. Numerous factors influence medical malpractice payouts, including your doctor’s insurance, the type of error they made, and the severity of your injuries. Without knowing how these factors influence your case, we cannot estimate how much compensation you could receive. Do not hesitate to contact our office at (760) 512-1172 with questions regarding your personal situation.

Why should I seek compensation?

Most people seek compensation for medical malpractice because they want justice and because medical bills, even those regarding the medical failure, are extremely expensive. You do not deserve to feel the stress and pressure of someone else’s mistakes, especially when you are recovering from a difficult surgery or procedure. Some of the things for which you could receive restitution are your bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future costs of treatment. If you are struggling from your situation, we highly recommend reaching out to an attorney to see what compensation is possible for you.

Why choose Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser?

Our practitioner has a medical background, so she understands the ins and outs of your case better than most attorneys ever could. Medical knowledge means she is fully able to understand the difficult situation you are in, as well as future complications you could face because of your injury. As a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), Yvonne M. Fraser has experience handling medical emergencies, complex injuries, and the results of medical negligence. She cares about your case on a personal level and is ready to bring a new level of compassion and understanding to your legal proceedings.

Personal Injury Attorney Serving Escondido, Oceanside and Southern California

Unlike most personal injury attorneys, Yvonne Fraser has spent years working in California hospitals and has close connections to the California medical community. Before completing her law degree, she worked for seven years as a respiratory therapist. Her husband, Ken, is a prominent cardiologist in the San Diego area.

As a result, Yvonne is an attorney who lives and breathes medicine. When she takes a case, opposing lawyers and insurance company claims adjusters are confronted with a medically savvy attorney who understands both the law and the injuries her clients suffer. This provides her with enormous leverage in both courtroom and negotiation settings.

Free Consultations | Oceanside Medical Malpractice Lawyer

The Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser offers a free consultation to each prospective client. To discuss your circumstances and options with a lawyer who understands her clients' injuries and how to get results, contact us online or by calling (619) 333-8791 or toll free at (800) 401-4184. Spanish language translation is available. Servicios de traducciones disponibles.

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Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser have seen how painful the effects of medical malpractice can be. With years of experience in the medical field, our lead attorney has worked with people in similar situations, and she knows how overwhelming recovery can be. You should not have to struggle financially when you were not in the wrong for your injuries. If a negligent health care provider caused significant harm to you or a loved one, contact our Oceanside offices at (760) 512-1172.

Directions to our Oceanside Office

If you are heading from the McClellan-Palomar Airport...

  1. Turn left onto Palomar Airport Rd
  2. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto El Camino Real
  3. Turn right onto Cannon Rd
  4. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto College Blvd
  5. Turn right onto Vista Way
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If you are heading southeast on I-5 S...

  1. Use the right lane to take exit 51B for Vista Way/CA-78 toward Escondido
  2. Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto CA-78 E(signs for Vista)
  3. You will see The Shoppes at Carlsbad on your right
  4. Take exit 3 for College Blvd
  5. Use the middle lane to turn left onto College Blvd
  6. Turn right onto Vista Way
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