Best Lawyers for Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs in California, United States

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  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Litigation - Real Estate Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Litigation - Labor and Employment Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Professional Malpractice Law Product Liability Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Consumer Protection Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Bakersfield, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Sacramento, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Qui Tam Law Consumer Protection Law Mass Tort Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Beverly Hills, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Insurance Law Medical Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Aliso Viejo, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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Louanne Masry

Masry Law Firm, A.P.C.
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Westlake Village, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Professional Malpractice Law Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Personal Injury Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Insurance Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation Aviation Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Elder Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Employment Law - Individuals Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Oakland, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Irvine, California Palm Springs, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation Personal Injury Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Sacramento, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Elder Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Oakland, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

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Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Definition

Medical malpractice is a term used to describe what occurs when inadequate medical care harms patients. Patients (or their families) can sue for medical malpractice when their injuries were caused, unnecessarily, by their doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care providers.

To meet the legal definitions of malpractice, the poor care must be more than a mere mistake by a doctor or more than a health care provider’s simply “being human.” Malpractice occurs when the care or treatment falls below accepted community standards. Such substandard care is commonly referred to as “negligent” care.

Although medical malpractice most commonly is associated with inattention or carelessness on the part of doctors and other health care professionals, the term also includes reckless or intentional misconduct, ranging from discharging a patient prematurely for financial reasons to performing surgery for which the patient has not consented to sexual assault on unconscious patients.

If the victims of such conduct or inaction are able to prove that the provider’s wrongdoing caused their injuries, they will be entitled to a money award to compensate them for what they have lost as a result. Many attorneys will accept such cases on a “contingency fee basis,” that is, taking fees only out of the money they win for you.

This area of law is complex and difficult for injured patients because of numerous technical advantages held by the providers (and their insurance companies). It is therefore particularly important in medical malpractice cases to find an excellent attorney to represent you. It is also important to do so promptly because there are severe (and often arbitrary) time limits on when you may bring your case (“you snooze, you lose”).

There are many questions you should ask when selecting a medical malpractice attorney. Have they handled cases like yours in the past? Do they have a medical background or other medical resources to enable them to compete effectively against the vast resources possessed by the other side? How are they rated by their colleagues and peer organizations? What honors, awards, or other objective ratings of success have they received? Superior qualifications and successful track records are far more important to the outcome of your case than are flashy advertisements.

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Medical malpractice is a term used to describe what occurs when inadequate medical care harms patients. Patients (or their families) can sue for medical malpractice when their injuries were caused, unnecessarily, by their doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care providers.

To meet the legal definitions of malpractice, the poor care must be more than a mere mistake by a doctor or more than a health care provider’s simply “being human.” Malpractice occurs when the care or treatment falls below accepted community standards. Such substandard care is commonly referred to as “negligent” care.

Although medical malpractice most commonly is associated with inattention or carelessness on the part of doctors and other health care professionals, the term also includes reckless or intentional misconduct, ranging from discharging a patient prematurely for financial reasons to performing surgery for which the patient has not consented to sexual assault on unconscious patients.

If the victims of such conduct or inaction are able to prove that the provider’s wrongdoing caused their injuries, they will be entitled to a money award to compensate them for what they have lost as a result. Many attorneys will accept such cases on a “contingency fee basis,” that is, taking fees only out of the money they win for you.

This area of law is complex and difficult for injured patients because of numerous technical advantages held by the providers (and their insurance companies). It is therefore particularly important in medical malpractice cases to find an excellent attorney to represent you. It is also important to do so promptly because there are severe (and often arbitrary) time limits on when you may bring your case (“you snooze, you lose”).

There are many questions you should ask when selecting a medical malpractice attorney. Have they handled cases like yours in the past? Do they have a medical background or other medical resources to enable them to compete effectively against the vast resources possessed by the other side? How are they rated by their colleagues and peer organizations? What honors, awards, or other objective ratings of success have they received? Superior qualifications and successful track records are far more important to the outcome of your case than are flashy advertisements.