Unfortunately, in today’s world, professional malpractice can be a real problem. When you go to a professional for services, be it a physician, accountant, or any other professional, you are entitled to treatment that meets a certain standard. When that treatment or service falls below a reasonable professional standard and causes you harm or injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Most professionals do a good job, but mistakes do happen, and they can lead to devastating results.
At Heiting & Irwin, we can help you if you are a victim of professional malpractice. We have been successfully handling professional negligence or malpractice cases for our clients for over 30 years.
In order to receive compensation for malpractice, or professional negligence, we must first prove that the professional’s conduct fell below the standard of care in the profession, and caused resulting harm. Some instances of malpractice are easy to recognize where others may be complex or subtle. For example, surgery on the wrong body part is easy to see malpractice. Where an accountant did not file the appropriate paperwork on time costing you tens of thousands of dollars is a form of malpractice. Subtle or more hidden or difficult to identify errors require evaluation and expertise not held by most plaintiff’s attorneys. This evaluation must be done through the cooperation of skilled trial attorneys such as those at Heiting & Irwin, and highly respected experts.
We, at Heiting & Irwin, have developed expert resources that assist us in the evaluation and prosecution of cases of professional malpractice or negligence. Our resources include preeminent practitioners, surgeons, hospital administrators, lawyers, accountants, and judges and others that are the most respected of their fields. Heiting & Irwin has handled these cases since 1976, with our own investigator and a group of attorneys and experts available to make sure all important facts and information are documented and preserved.
In the medical field, mistakes that can occur may include things like:
- Surgical mistakes
- Birth or birthing injuries that may lead to a birth defect
- Prenatal care
- Mistakes involving anesthesia
- Delayed or “missed” diagnoses
- Mistakes involving drugs
- Mistakes or “late” diagnoses of a heart attack
- Mistakes made by hospital staff during a hospital stay
- Nursing errors
- Errors interpreting lab studies
- Errors interpreting x-rays, ct scans or MRIs
And if one of these, or another, mistake led to the death of a loved one, you may have what is called a “wrongful death” claim. While a lost loved one can never be replaced, it is important to understand the rights you have as a survivor to compensate for your loss as a result of mistakes that may have been made.
At Heiting & Irwin, we have the resources to evaluate and prosecute matters of malpractice and negligence in each of these areas. We have been successfully handling these sorts of cases for over 35 years.
Our attorneys are experienced trial lawyers who have brought these kinds of cases to successful conclusion. We work with industry experts and we evaluate each claim. These experts include our in-house investigator, medical and hospital experts and administrators, as well as attorneys, judges, and other experts.
You will work directly with the attorney in charge of your case. We aim to keep you informed of the progress and status of your case during each step of the process. At Heiting & Irwin, we work hard to secure you the best result possible. We consider it our responsibility—and our privilege—to work for people during what is often one of the most difficult times of their lives.
Our initial consultation is free, and we work on a contingency basis—in other words, we don’t get paid unless we win your case.
All professionals must provide you with reasonable services that meet certain standards. If they do not and they cause harm, you may be entitled to compensation. Some kinds of professional malpractice can include:
- Pharmacist malpractice
- Veterinary malpractice
- Accountant malpractice
- Attorney malpractice
- Architect or engineer malpractice
- Therapist malpractice
- Physician malpractice
- Nurse malpractice
- Health Care Practitioner malpractice
- Psychologist malpractice
- Psychiatrist malpractice
- Any other occupation considered a profession
Some examples may include things like:
- A pharmacist fails to meet the standard of care in dispensing the wrong drug, another customer’s drug, or the wrong dosage of the drug, or overlooks a potential drug interaction.
- A veterinarian fails to meet the standard of care in treating your pet, causing injury to the pet that extends to you, as the owner.
- An accountant fails to meet the standard of care in handling your finances or business dealings, causing injury or loss to you.
- An architect or engineer fails to meet the standard of care in providing proper calculations and services regarding a product (usually a building, like a home) to you, causing you injury or loss.
- A therapist fails to meet the standard of care in treatment by failing to take a proper history, failing to take a proper approach, or failing to refer the matter to a more qualified practitioner or using techniques without adequate training.
None of the examples above, by themselves, automatically constitutes professional malpractice. Each case must be considered and evaluated on its own. That is why it is vital to talk to an attorney to get a timely evaluation of your situation.
Statute of Limitations
It is important to understand that strict time limits apply to bringing malpractice or negligence claims. The legal term is the “statute of limitations,” and it is essential that an evaluation of your claim take place in a timely fashion so you don’t miss the time limit. Various time limits may apply, and some can be very, very short. Immediate action on your part is our recommendation.
It is vitally important to keep in mind that time is of the essence when it comes to professional malpractice.
It is extremely important that we are engaged as soon as possible to enable us to have the opportunity to investigate your case.
If you believe you have been the victim of malpractice or negligence in Riverside, in the Inland Empire, or in Southern California, we stand ready to consult with you right away.
No amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one, a catastrophic injury to one’s self or to a family member, or other loss caused by professional malpractice. But it is important to have someone on your side, protecting your rights and fighting for you in a difficult time. Heiting & Irwin stands ready to assist you.