I had a very serious industrial injury and I was referred by a family friend to Brooks Cutter. He fought hard for my case and refused to back down to the large corporations we were up against. Brooks and his team were very responsive, and I appreciate how well things were explained to me when they didn’t make sense. As a result of this case, I have the resources I need to move forward with my life. I would certainly recommend Brooks Cutter and his team to my family and friends… Actually, I think I already have.
Sacramento Medical Malpractice Lawyers
We invest trust in physicians and surgeons to advise and heal us when we are at our most vulnerable. Doctors take a “Hippocratic Oath” to deliver only beneficial treatments and cause no harm, and patients rely upon them to uphold this pledge.
However, sometimes medical experts violate this oath of doing no harm. Examples of medical malpractice include:
- A doctor improperly administering anesthesia, which could cause a stroke or liver damage.
- A doctor failing to exercise proper judgment during childbirth, possibly leading to neurological impairment or other birth injuries.
- A doctor negligently or improperly diagnosing a condition, resulting in a patient’s injury.
- A doctor providing insufficient aftercare for a patient, which results in harm.
In fact, a variety of negligent acts encompass medical malpractice in Sacramento, CA. However, no matter what type of negligence your attending physician may have committed, you have legal rights to recover financial compensation for the minor or serious injuries your doctor caused you.
If you or a family member were a victim of medical malpractice in the Sacramento area, you may want to contact a Sacramento medical malpractice attorney. Contact Cutter Law today for a free consultation to learn how we can help you fight for the financial compensation and justice you deserve. We have a proven track record of success and years of experience providing legal representation to injured people against healthcare providers that failed to provide proper medical services. We walk our clients through the entire legal process of medical malpractice suits, helping them obtain the best medical malpractice results.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice—a type of professional negligence—is defined by the California statute as a negligent act or omission by a health care provider that serves as a direct cause of personal injury. Health care providers are not limited to doctors; this group includes nurses as well as other medical professionals.
Medical malpractice can lead to various injuries and even death. The medical malpractice attorneys at Cutter Law have experience representing those injured due to medical malpractice. We file personal injury cases and wrongful death civil lawsuits to fight for our client’s rights.
Hospitals and Doctors Involved in Medical Malpractices Cases in Sacramento
The following is a list of doctors, hospitals, and medical facilities involved in medical malpractice cases in Sacramento:
- Methodist Hospital – Unnecessary amputation; sexual assault.
- Dr. Jared Kalina – License revoked due to violation of Business and Professions Code.
- Sutter Health & Sacramento Cardiovascular Surgeons – $30.5 million settlement in which physicians of Sacramento Cardiovascular Surgeons Dr. Robert Kincade, Dr. Michael Ingram, and Dr. James Longoria have to pay $500,000 each for overpayment scheme.
- Dr. Navindra Ramdeen – Multiple arrests involving alcohol, practicing during license suspension, dishonesty, and making false statements.
- Kaiser Permanente – Illicit artificial insemination.
- Dr. Helene Malabed – Excessive treatment or prescribing, gross and repeated acts of negligence, failure to maintain sufficient medical records, dishonesty, and corruption.
- Sacramento Colon & Rectal Surgery Medical Group – Dr. Raganath Pathak – Sexual misconduct, gross negligence, and other unprofessional conduct.
- UC Davis – Misdiagnosis; mistake(s) during childbirth.
- Precision MD – Dr. Mahmoud Khattab: Surrendered medical license due to incompetence and repeated negligent acts.
No matter how extensive the follow-up medical care or medical treatment is, you deserve to receive adequate compensation. A local medical malpractice lawyer can help handle tough cases like these and hold those who caused these injuries accountable for their medical errors.
Medical Malpractice Settlements in Sacramento
Medical malpractices cases happen throughout the United States. However, some victims made headlines in Sacramento County that Cutter Law helped support.
Doctors at UC Davis misdiagnosed a 14-year-old girl after failing to conduct her MRI properly. Five years after her initial MRI, a mass progressed to a tumor so large that it paralyzed her. Brooks Cutter (of Cutter Law) and Eric Ratinoff established that the mass could have been observed on the MRI if not for a deviation by the Radiology Department at UC Davis. Brooks Cutter prevailed in the case.
Malyia Jeffers and her family settled for $10 million with the Methodist Hospital of Sacramento and five emergency room staff members after waiting five hours to treat a strep infection. This delay resulted in her requiring unnecessary amputation. Due to untreated infection, the infant entered into septic shock, necessitating amputation of her limbs. If not for the undue duration, the amputations wouldn’t have been necessary—this line of causation is essential in proving negligence in medical malpractice cases.
Another case at Methodist Hospital detailed a mother and 2-year-old boy who settled for $18 million. Dr. Vance Knoll, the on-site obstetrician, and the hospital were found negligent. The doctor went home to sleep while the patient attempted to deliver the child. The circumstances of the patient’s birth were such that she required careful monitoring, and when her condition changed with the doctor not present, the pair suffered extensive brain damage. These cases illustrate that in medical malpractice the health care professional need not be entirely ignorant of the relevant state of affairs. That is, given their education, experience, and knowledge in the given circumstances, they must exercise judgment in like manner of another reasonable physician.
Sutter Health & Sacramento Cardiovascular Surgeons conducted a kickback scheme whereby the latter would receive exclusive contracts and other perquisites, including medical positions at Sutter, in exchange for referring patients to Sutter. The case settled for $30.5 million. This case is an example of an abdication of professional duty for which physicians may face revocation of their medical license. Medical malpractice claims often involve the removal of the physician.
UC Davis Hospital reached a $9 million settlement for a mistake during childbirth, which necessitates long-term care of the child. During birth, the child required a C-section, for which the patient signed a consent form. However, the surgeons did not perform the operation. Another mistake during childbirth at UC Davis Hospital involved a 4-year-old boy who acquired cerebral palsy. Medical personnel at the birth were ignorant of the evidence that the baby was experiencing stress during the delivery. In situations like these, a C-section is warranted, but the medical personnel proceeded with standard protocol instead. The case settled for $5.75 million.
Sacramento Medical Malpractice Cases
Another example of medical malpractice involved sexual assault at the hands of Dr. Raganath Pathak of Sacramento Colon & Rectal Surgery Group. One patient detailed how Dr. Pathak told her to obtain an adult sex toy, give herself orgasms, and report back to him how many orgasms she had. He then conducted a vaginal exam on her without her consent. Other patients allege that the doctor fondled their breasts without consent and without any medical basis for doing so. Soliciting exams without consent, which also costs money, is a reason for losing one’s license.
Dr. Mahmoud Khattab of Precision MD practiced medical procedures without sufficient expertise, often harming patients. One patient was left with severe burns and scarring, and another was refused anesthetics during a painful procedure. The doctor was also litigious in that when patients would offer poor reviews and ratings of his services online, he would retaliate by filing suits against them. This form of scare tactic is unethical and represents a breach of the aforementioned Hippocratic Oath. These examples illustrate that the professional duties that a health care provider must uphold extend past the operating or emergency room. Medical malpractice attorneys are equipped to help you establish whether a duty of care was owed to you and breached by medical professionals.
A doctor at Kaiser Permanente conducted Illicit artificial insemination, which also falls under the legal issue of medical malpractice. Patrice Grinnell sought artificial insemination to conceive a child. She later received genetic testing, which showed that the doctor conducted the process illicitly utilizing his semen for the insemination. The doctor later performed gynecological exams on Ashley — his (and Patrice’s) biological daughter from the artificial insemination. The doctor denied the imposition of emotional distress, fraud, and abuse. He alleged that his sperm was not used in the process, which was false. This lack of candor is a severe violation of the code of ethics that any doctor, physician, or surgeon attests to and is potent grounds for claiming medical malpractice.
Testimonials from Our Medical Malpractice Victims
Shiela W., from Sacramento, hired attorney John Roussas from Cutter Law to represent her in a wrongful death/medical malpractice case. Of Mr. Roussas, she noted that “He is brilliant, and the case’s outcome was better than I expected. He is personable, compassionate, and fights for what is right.” Concerning the etiquette and practice of the law firm, she mentioned that “I also witnessed the respect this firm has with opposing counsels and mediators, which plays a role in a successful outcome. I highly recommend Cutter Law.”
Allison C. described how “J.R. Parker and the attorneys at the firm founded by Brooks Cutter helped our family through the very difficult loss of our newborn daughter, who died as a result of a medical misdiagnosis. We found the idea of filing suit against such a predominant medical foundation to be extremely intimidating and overwhelming, but J.R. and his team gave us the strength and confidence we needed to obtain justice for our daughter. Their hard work and dedication helped to even further acknowledge our daughter’s life, no matter how short it may have been.”
What Is the Standard of Care in the Medical Profession?
Service providers, including doctors, surgeons, physicians, nurses, and other medical providers, are held to a standard of care unique to the industry. These professionals must adhere to a high level of moral, ethical, and professional judgment while providing services to patients. The test is effective, “How would a reasonable health care provider have provided treatment under a similar set of circumstances?” If the answer to this question is the same as what the doctor did, the health care provider may have acted competently. Therefore, the medical practitioner may not have breached the duty of care. If the answer is that the doctor could have acted differently and evaded the injury, you may have a valid medical malpractice suit.
As evidenced by the sample of cases above, a breach of this standard of care can manifest in various ways and, in some cases, lead to catastrophic consequences. Dr. Ramdeen listed above was consistently intoxicated during procedures, which could have lead to many medical issues such as spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury. And sometimes it is not one aberrant health care provider. In the case of the infant amputation at Methodist Hospital or mistakes during childbirth at UC Davis, it was a team of doctors whose incompetence lead to death—these are viable wrongful death cases.
Who Is Liable for Medical Malpractice in Sacramento?
Health care providers are not limited to surgeons and physicians but also include the following:
- Physician assistants
Moreover, victims of medical malpractice can also potentially hold hospitals liable for medical malpractice. In these cases, the plaintiff can track the negligence back to systematic issues at the managerial level. The California statute defines professional negligence to apply to any negligent act or omission within the purview of the services for which health care providers are licensed.
Physicians licensed to provide a greater scope of services generally accords them a higher duty of care to meet than other practitioners. Nonetheless, the harm that accrues due to nurses providing medication errors to patients in elderly homes, dentists performing negligent dental work, and physician assistants providing a delayed diagnosis of common injuries are all grounds for medical malpractice.
Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations in Sacramento
California’s statute of limitations for medical malpractice prescribes the deadline by which a plaintiff must bring a medical malpractice lawsuit. The plaintiff must bring the medical malpractice claim within three years of the injury or one year after the plaintiff discovers, or should have discovered, the injury, whichever occurs first. That is, a victim would need to file suit within a year of discovering that the practitioner’s negligence caused their injuries. If an injured party fails to bring a claim within these time limits, they will be barred by the statute of limitations. A Sacramento personal injury attorney can ensure you file a claim on time.
Why Should I Hire the Lawyers at Cutter Law?
The medical malpractice lawyers at Cutter Law have extensive experience in representing clients in the practice areas of medical malpractice claims. We’ve won millions on behalf of our clients who have suffered medical injuries. We can help you ascertain whether a duty of care was owed and violated, and we will negotiate important documents and information with insurance companies during settlement.
Contact us today for a free case review and learn about how we can fight for the financial compensation and justice you deserve. Our medical malpractice attorneys at Cutter Law will provide you with the legal advice you need to understand your rights and win your case.