The articles listed on this page are intended to provide you with information on various legal terms and situations as they pertain to personal injury law. We’ll be updating this page monthly, so make sure to check back for current additions.

Did you go blind due to medical malpractice?

Losing your vision is life-changing and can result in serious emotional trauma because you become disconnected from the world you’ve always known. It’s particularly devastating if it’s the result of negligence on the part of your eye doctor. LEARN MORE

Coronavirus wrongful death lawsuits are coming

Cruise ships and healthcare facilities have figured prominently in the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19. The question is did they take “all reasonable measures” to prevent exposure to the virus? LEARN MORE

You can sue for wrongful death. What does that mean?

A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil lawsuit brought against a defendant who has caused the death of another person as a result of negligence or an intentional act. LEARN MORE

San Diego attorney Scott S. Harris specializes in medical malpractice

Four legal elements must be proven to build a successful case which is why it’s critical to find an attorney that specializes in medical malpractice. LEARN MORE

Kaiser Medical Negligence and Malpractice Attorney in San Diego

If you are a member of Kaiser Permanente, and you’ve been a victim of negligence on the part of one of their doctors or hospitals, you must bring your claim to a private arbitration process vs. having your case heard in a jury trial. LEARN MORE

Medical malpractice vs. Personal injury; what’s the difference?

Medical negligence, wrongful death, medical malpractice are all part of personal injury law. Consult a personal injury law firm that focuses exclusively in legal & medical malpractice claims. LEARN MORE

Nursing home weight loss may be a bad sign

According to a recent investigation undertaken by the federal government, 43% of nursing home residents were found to be critically underweight. Could the nursing home be at fault? …LEARN MORE

Visiting a nursing home for your parents; what to look for

The decision about moving your elderly parent into a nursing home is often difficult and fraught with emotion. How can you ensure that your parent won’t become a victim of abuse or negligence? …LEARN MORE

Medical malpractice gets even worse when there is a cover-up

Medical malpractice cases are the result of negligence or flagrant errors in treatment or during a procedure. What makes these cases even worse is when a doctor tries to cover up his or her negligence or errors. …LEARN MORE

What documents do you need for a medical malpractice case?

In order to successfully prove a medical malpractice case, there are a variety of documents that you’ll need to obtain as evidence of your claim …LEARN MORE

Did the doctors cause your child’s cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy, the most common motor disability in childhood, is really a group of disorders that affect movement and muscle tone. Of children born with CP, 10-15% have it due to medical negligence …LEARN MORE

Can you sue your HMO?

Suing an HMO is harder than suing a physician or hospital. While HMO’s can be held liable for failing to provide adequate health care to a patient, many impose limitations on members filing malpractice lawsuits …LEARN MORE

Nursing home wrongful death information

People are living longer these days. Therefore, the percentage of people who require long-term care is rapidly growing. Sadly, they’re the most vulnerable segment of the population …LEARN MORE

How to prove your medical negligence case in court

Proving negligence on the part of a doctor or other healthcare professional can be complicated because it requires a knowledge of the law as well as the medical field …LEARN MORE

Tourist attraction attorney in San Diego

San Diego has some of the best beaches in the world for fun in the sun. But, it’s also home to some of the best tourist attractions in the country …LEARN MORE

What to expect at an ER visit

Going to the ER can be a frightening experience if you don’t know what to expect. The more knowledge you have about what to expect in the ER, the better you or a family member can advocate for your care …LEARN MORE

Don’t be a victim of medical malpractice

More than 250,000 people in the U.S. die every year from medical mistakes according to a study conducted by Johns Hopkins. Therefore, it’s important that you take an active role in your medical care so you don’t become a statistic …LEARN MORE

Medical negligence, defined

The terms “medical negligence” is often used synonymously with the term “medical malpractice. But, it’s only one of the four required elements needed to make a claim of malpractice …LEARN MORE

The most common personal injury case types

The idea behind a personal injury lawsuit is to prove that, due to negligence or intent on the part of the defendant, the plaintiff suffered injury. Common case types include car accidents, slip and fall …LEARN MORE

Common examples of legal malpractice

If an attorney manages a case inappropriately due to negligence or with the purpose of harming and causing damage to his or her client, the result is legal malpractice…LEARN MORE

Signs of a bad attorney

While experience and a high success rate are qualities that you want your attorney to have, there are other important factors to consider when choosing the right attorney…LEARN MORE

What to do when you disagree with you doctor

The doctor-patient relationship is built on trust. But, what happens if you don’t agree with a diagnosis or treatment plan…LEARN MORE

Famous medical malpractice cases from celebrities

According to Johns Hopkins Hospital, medical malpractice ranks third as the leading cause of death in the U.S. While it occurs every day across the country, when it happens to a celebrity, it garners a lot of media attention…LEARN MORE

Medical elder abuse information

1 in 10 older adults experiences some form of abuse or neglect by a caregiver every year…LEARN MORE

California statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits

Your right to file a lawsuit has a time limit in California the law is called “statute of limitations”. Different kinds of cases have different deadlines. The court will refuse to hear your case if the statutory time has passed…LEARN MORE

Why did I choose to open my law practice in San Diego?

”San Diego my hometown” Although a large city, it is a community and as a lifelong resident I choose to fight for the rights of San Diegans…LEARN MORE

Emergency room negligence

Emergency rooms are chaotic places. They’re often overcrowded with long waiting times and ER staff are tasked with greater patient loads. All of this can result in an increased risk for ER negligenceLEARN MORE

Wrongful death on vacation

Vacations should be time for kicking back, relaxing, and having fun. Sadly, for some people, their vacation can take a deadly turn due to negligence on the part another party, business, or company or the intentional act of another. LEARN MORE

Failure to diagnose cancer

A failure to diagnose your cancer can result in a lack of appropriate treatment which can compromise your health and lower your chances of survivalLEARN MORE

Was it nursing negligence?

Nurses play a crucial role in the care of patients. They should be advocates for patients, making sure that all doctors’ orders are followed and properly carried out as well as be responsive to the medical needs of the individuals in their care.LEARN MORE

Duty of Care Laws for doctors

When a doctor establishes a relationship with a patient, he or she is expected to provide what is known as a “duty of care” to the patient. LEARN MORE

Do you have a legal case against Kaiser?

Kaiser Permanente pioneered the concept of the HMO. Today, the Kaiser Plan has more than 8 millions members throughout the state of California. Theirs is an integrated model for health care which means that you have to use their doctors and hospitals for your care. In addition, limitations have been added to all of their group policies regarding how cases of medical malpractice against Kaiser can be handled.LEARN MORE

How to sue an attorney for malpractice

What happens when an attorney that you’ve put your trust in to on a legal case, fails or makes the original situation even worse?LEARN MORE

Bacterial meningitis malpractice attorney

While bacterial meningitis is rare, it can have serious and even life-threatening consequences if it’s not treated immediately.LEARN MORE

Shoulder dystocia attorney in San Diego, CA

Shoulder dystocia or SD occurs during the birthing process when the baby’s head passes through the birth canal, but the shoulders remain stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone or are pushed up against the mother’s sacrum.LEARN MORE

Erb’s Palsy lawyers

Erb’s Palsy, an injury to the brachial plexus, occurs most commonly during birth, affecting the fifth and sixth cranial nerves. LEARN MORE

Failure to properly diagnose brain tumor

If a brain tumor is undiagnosed and untreated, it can result in devastating consequences for the patient as well as his or her family members and friends. LEARN MORE

Attorney for Anesthesia related injuries

Anesthesia and the use of anesthetics are crucial to controlling pain during surgery and other procedures. However…LEARN MORE

What is medical negligence?

If you feel that you or a family member have been a victim of negligence during the course of medical treatment, it’s important that you have a basic understanding of medical malpractice and of the principles and rules that govern these types of cases before making the decision to initiate a lawsuit.LEARN MORE

Do you know the real signs of elder abuse?

Elder abuse can be physical, mental, emotional, and sexual as well as financial exploitation, neglect, and abandonment.LEARN MORE

The nursing home abuse stats you need to know

Nursing homes and their staff owe a duty of care to their residents as well as to their families. Sadly, over 40% of nursing home residents have reported being the victim of some type of abuse, and a staggering 90% have reported that they or another resident have been a victim of neglect.LEARN MORE

Common examples of medical malpractice

Medical malpractice happens as the result of a negligent act or omission on the part of a doctor, hospital, or other healthcare professional, resulting in an injury to the patient. The negligence may involve errors in diagnosis, treatment, aftercare, or health management.LEARN MORE

Did the doctor perform the wrong surgery?

Surgical errors are a form of negligence. The consequences for the victim can be serious and even potentially life-threatening.LEARN MORE

Can you sue your doctor for bad handwriting?

Lots of jokes have been made about doctors and their sloppy handwriting. But, sadly, a doctor’s sloppy handwriting is no laughing matter.LEARN MORE

Improper lab procedures and results are medical malpractice

Accurate diagnostic testing and lab procedures are the cornerstone of prescribing the appropriate course of treatment. When errors are made in testing procedures, they can have disastrous consequences for patientsLEARN MORE

Bicycle accident injury attorney

Every year approximately 50,000 people are injured in accidents involving a bicycle and a motor vehicle, usually a car. LEARN MORE

The effects of a medical misdiagnosis are dangerous

It’s a fact that a majority of Americans will be misdiagnosed or will get a diagnosis that is late in coming at least one time in their lives.LEARN MORE