The Sacramento Kaiser malpractice lawyers here at Cutter Law P.C. are experts when it comes to medical malpractice claims against the giant insurance provider. If you feel you have a claim against Kaiser, then contact our attorneys today for a no-obligation consultation.
Kaiser Permanente is one of the largest (if not the largest) nonprofit healthcare insurance providers in the United States. Their umbrella encompasses 10.5 million members, 38 hospitals, over 16,000 physicians, over 48,000 nurses, and more than 174,000 employees. While Kaiser typically provides quality healthcare, with numbers that large, incidents of medical malpractice are inevitable. Fortunately for patients who’ve suffered medical malpractice at a Kaiser facility or from a Kaiser employee (physician or otherwise), have the Cutter Law Sacramento Kaiser malpractice attorneys to turn to for help.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
According to the ABPLA (American Board Of Professional Liability Attorneys):
“Medical malpractice occurs when a hospital, doctor or other health care professional, through a negligent act or omission, causes an injury to a patient. The negligence might be the result of errors in diagnosis, treatment, aftercare, or health management.” – ABPLA
Furthermore, in order for the law to consider something medical malpractice, it must meet the following criteria:
- The act must violate the accepted standards of care,
- Cause an injury to the patient due to medical negligence,
- Or, cause an injury that results in significant damages.
For more information on what does and does not constitute medical malpractice, head over to our full medical malpractice page. Or, if you’d rather, you can see what the ABPLA says about it on their website.
Examples of Sacramento Kaiser Malpractice Claims
For an example of one of the larger Sacramento Kaiser malpractice claims that lawyers at Cutter Law worked on, head over to our Kaiser Permanente maternity ward understaffing page.
Why Should You Hire Our Kaiser Permanente Malpractice Lawyers in Sacramento?
Since Kaiser patients all sign a binding arbitration agreement before receiving care, they cannot sue for medical negligence. So, when it comes to finding legal representation for your Kaiser malpractice claim, you’ll need to find a lawyer skilled in and familiar with arbitration. Otherwise, you won’t get the quality legal representation you deserve.
Fortunately, the Kaiser Permanente malpractice lawyers in Sacramento from Cutter Law are all highly skilled at arbitration proceedings! So, if you think you may have a claim against Kaiser, then please don’t hesitate to give us a call for a no-obligation consultation. We would be happy to help you through this likely difficult and trying time.
What is Arbitration?
Since you are now aware that a lawyer skilled in arbitration is necessary for Kaiser claims, you’re probably wondering what arbitration is. Well, simply put, “arbitration is a widely-used and accepted alternative to the traditional court-based lawsuit system,” (Coulter Boechen at AllLaw.com).
There are no judges or juries in arbitration trials. In fact, they’re more akin to negotiations between the plaintiff, defendant, and a neutral third party called an arbitrator. In arbitration trials, both sides present their cases to the arbitrator. Once both sides have presented their case, the arbitrator decides what kind of compensation the plaintiff receives (if any).
Otherwise, arbitration trials operate in similar ways to traditional trials. There is a discovery period (where both parties ask for and exchange necessary information) and other pretrial processes, including settlement conferences. However, in arbitration trials, the rules for evidence are more relaxed, and the trial itself often takes place in an office instead of the courtroom.
However, don’t confuse arbitration with mediation. In mediation, there is no evidence. Instead, both sides present their beliefs and negotiate through a mediator.
Should You File a Sacramento Kaiser Malpractice Lawsuit?
Wondering if you should file a Sacramento Kaiser malpractice lawsuit? Well, you may have a Sacramento Kaiser malpractice claim if:
- The provider owed a duty of care (in other words asking a doctor for medical advice at a party does not count as a duty of care);
- Your provider violated that duty of care;
- A patient suffered harm that deserves compensation; and
- The breach of the duty of care caused harm.
For more information on what constitutes a medical malpractice claim, head over to our medical malpractice FAQ page.
Contact Our Sacramento Kaiser Malpractice Lawyers for a No-Obligation Consultation
If you think you may have a claim against Kaiser for medical malpractice, then you’ve come to the right law firm. Here at Cutter Law P.C., we take pride in being the go-to Kaiser Permanente malpractice lawyers in Sacramento. We’ve won millions on behalf of our clients who suffered malpractice injuries, and we’d be more than happy to represent you and your interests in arbitration with Kaiser. Please fill out the form below, or contact our Sacramento Kaiser malpractice attorneys for a no-obligation consultation today.