Medical malpractice victims are treated as second-class citizens by California law. As a result, only a handful of personal injury firms still handle these cases. The odds favor the doctors and hospitals because the Legislature has made it that way at the urging of powerful medical lobbyists. The doctor and hospital insurance company lobbies have made it expensive and difficult for patients to bring suit.
Specialists In California Hospital, Doctor And Medical Malpractice Claims
The San Francisco medical malpractice lawyers at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger represent innocent people hurt by their care providers and have done so for more than 50 years. We proudly represent people injured while receiving medical care from doctors, hospitals, clinics and HMOs throughout California. With a full-time doctor-attorney on staff, our firm offers clients a level of service not found elsewhere — and it shows, in both our results and in the accolades our firm has received.
Our medical malpractice attorneys have well over 55 years of experience examining, preparing and presenting complicated medical evidence. We are networked with medical negligence lawyers across the country so that we can access the best and smartest experts. We work with a dedicated team of medical experts of the highest quality and training to ensure that every avenue of liability has been explored. We have helped patients recover for mistakes made by hospital staff, therapists and nurses and brought claims against physicians, nurses, hospitals and pharmacists.
Walkup Melodia is Recognized As A Top Tier Firm For Medical Malpractice By U.S. News & World Report.
The breadth of our experience in medical matters includes obstetrics and pediatrics, gynecology, oncology, cardiology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, plastic surgery, infectious diseases, emergency room care and nursing home abuse. Our California medical malpractice attorneys have handled claims involving:
- Birth injuries, including fetal distress, cerebral palsy, brain injury and hypoxia
- Failure to diagnose breast, colon and prostate cancer, heart attacks and stroke
- Emergency room negligence, including failure to provide prompt treatment
- Surgical errors, including anesthesia problems and wrong-site surgery
- Nursing mistakes
- Drug overdoses
- Pathology and radiology errors
- Medication errors and dangerous drugs
- Nursing home negligence
Medical Malpractice & Wrongful Death
Our San Francisco medical malpractice wrongful death attorneys include a board-certified, California-licensed doctor-lawyer as well as a second doctor-lawyer available to consult within 24 hours’ notice.
We have more than 55 years of experience pursuing medical malpractice wrongful death cases and know how to obtain and review medical records, where to find experts, and how to effectively deal with the attorneys and insurance companies that represent doctors and hospitals.
Walkup’s experienced California medical malpractice wrongful death attorneys have spent years developing a network of medical experts we can rely on to verify standards of treatment.
If a family member has died because of medical or hospital neglect, a physician’s mistake or malpractice, talk to our legal staff, tell us what happened and why you think medical malpractice was involved. We will evaluate and investigate the case and help you determine what actions to take.
If your medical negligence wrongful death case involves Kaiser Permanente, talk to the San Francisco, California, lawyers who have handled more Kaiser Permanente arbitration claims than any similar law firm.
California Fatal Medical Error Case Studies
Postoperative Pain Medication Error — $5.65 Million Settlement
The Walkup medical malpractice team of attorneys successfully sued a doctor and a hospital for failing to recognize and correct signs and symptoms of a postoperative drug reaction. The decedent’s pulse became tachycardic and his blood pressure dropped in the hours after surgery. Nurses and doctors on duty failed to correct these problems and the decedent went on to suffer respiratory arrest, which caused fatal brain damage. The settlement represented the lost future earnings and benefits that the decedent’s surviving wife and children sustained.
Mismanagement Of Anesthesia — $5 Million Settlement
Our team of medical malpractice wrongful death attorneys negotiated a multimillion-dollar settlement on behalf of the husband and daughter of a 33-year-old woman who died as a result of the mismanagement of anesthesia. The deceased was suffering from gastric pain and sought medical care from a gastroenterology group. Despite the woman’s history of complications with sedation during ERCP procedures, the GI doctors did not consult an anesthesiologist about safe sedation procedures. During the surgery, the sedation nurse failed to monitor the woman’s airway. As a result, the woman suffered cardiac arrest. The surgery team failed to administer timely resuscitation and did not attempt to defibrillate the patient until the Code Blue team arrived. This failure to respond resulted in a loss of oxygen to the brain, irreversible brain damage and death.
In-Office Anesthesia Overdose — $3.15 Million Jury Verdict
Walkup’s team of medical malpractice wrongful death attorneys brought suit in Superior Court on behalf of the surviving wife and children of a San Francisco man who suffered cardiac arrest after an in-office plastic surgical procedure. The attending plastic surgeon was shown to have been negligent in leaving the man in the care of an inept nurse after surgery. The nurse failed to summon help when the man’s postoperative course deteriorated. The jury’s verdict was upheld on appeal.
Other Practice Areas
- Defective medical products: Our firm has been the leader in many medical injury claims arising from defective medical devices — such as DePuy replacement hips, Stryker Rejuvenate hips, Sulzer hips and INFUSE Bone Graft.
- We handle Kaiser cases: Our medical malpractice attorneys specialize in cases against HMOs, including Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Hospitals. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of Kaiser Health Plan members through the Kaiser arbitration system.
We Do Not Back Down
Since lawyers for malpractice victims have limits placed on their fees, many attorneys either do not practice this type of law or quickly bow out of cases, leaving the victims unrepresented and their voices unheard. On the other hand, there is no limit on what medical malpractice insurance companies can pay lawyers to defend doctors, hospitals, chiropractors and other health professionals — indeed, they can spend millions of dollars to defend bad doctors, hospitals, Kaiser and other health providers when they are guilty of inexcusable wrongdoing, paying victims nothing.
We do not shy away from taking on even the largest opponent. Our firm is dedicated to holding negligent doctors and other medical professionals responsible for the injuries you have suffered.
Contact Our San Francisco Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you have suffered a severe injury, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger can help you. If you or a loved one has been injured at a Bay Area hospital, call us at (415) 981-7210 or contact us online.