If you were a fan of The Offspring, the name James Lilja may be familiar to you as the drummer in the band in the mid-80s. However, since leaving the rock band, Lilja qualified as an ob-gyn in the 90s and has been practicing since. In what can only be described as an unexpected state of affairs, Lilja, who is currently facing medical malpractice charges, recently saved the life of a juror at his own trial. According to reports, the juror collapsed while waiting to re-enter the courtroom after a break at Almeda County Superior Court, falling and hitting his head. Lilja, along with his nurse assistant, performed CPR and shocked the man with a defibrillator, before he was taken to hospital by paramedics.
The details of the medical malpractice case which had Lilja in the building in the first place are, as yet, unknown.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice is defined as any action on the part of doctors, nurses, hospitals, or other healthcare workers, which causes harm to a patient. This can include, but is not limited to:
- Failure to accurately diagnose a condition
- Anesthetic errors
- Improper use of a medical device or produce
- Incorrect dosing of medication
- Breach of confidentiality
- Lack of consent
How to File a Medical Malpractice Claim in California
When the performance of a medical professional falls beneath the standard you would expect, resulting in injury or illness, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial harm. Depending on the specifics of your medical malpractice case, the court may also decide to add on punitive damages in an effort to prevent the medical professional from repeating their harmful behavior when working with future patients.
To file a medical malpractice lawsuit in California, you must satisfy certain qualifying criteria:
- You must give the doctor, another medical professional, or hospital at least 90 days’ notice prior to filing your suit. This must include details of your injuries, damages, and losses sustained as a result of negligence on their part, or on the part of their staff
- You must have a qualified medical witness on your legal team. Our California medical malpractice lawyers always work with an expert legal medical witness, so you can rest assured that this criterion will be met when you instruct us to handle your case
- You must file within one year of discovering your injury, or three years of sustaining the injury, whichever comes first. After this date, the statute of limitations prevents you from filing a claim
- Unlike many other states, California law does not require you to obtain a “certificate of merit” or affidavit of merit” from an expert medical witness, as their court testimony will suffice
If you believe you may have a valid medical malpractice claim, you should contact an experienced California medical malpractice attorney immediately. Do not delay – remember the time limit involved, which is strictly enforced.
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