Kaiser Malpractice Lawyer
The Kaiser Foundation Health Plan is the largest provider of health services in California. There are more than 5 million health plan members here in California alone. Kaiser covers about 1 in 4 insured Californians.
Kaiser is made up of three separate entities. The three entities are Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Inc., and the Permanente Medical Group. Each entity has distinct functions. The Health Plan function is administrative, it collects members’ premiums and pays for the medical services provided to its members. The health plan works with Kaiser Hospitals for hospital care and the Permanente Medical Group for physician care. The Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Inc. are nonprofit corporations. However, the Permanente Medical Group is a for-profit entity and the physician members, who work for the Permanente Medical Group, share in the profits at the end of the year.
A Track Record of Successful Claims Against Kaiser
In most medical malpractice claims against doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers, victims of medical negligence are ordinarily entitled to their “day in court” that being a jury trial in a California court. In a jury trial, the attorney for the plaintiff and the attorney for the defendant healthcare provider present their case a jury of twelve. The jurors decide the case based upon the law provided to them by the court and expert witness and lay witness testimony. If the jury finds that the healthcare provider breached the standard of care, they then decide how much money the plaintiff should be awarded. The award includes both general and special damages. In California general damages for pain and suffering or wrongful death is limited to $250,000.00 no matter the extent of the injury.
However, in Kaiser cases, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Inc., and the Permanente Medical Group, requires its HMO members to arbitrate claims and precludes members from suing in a California court. There many specific rules and regulations regarding Kaiser arbitrations. In an arbitration hearing, a neutral arbitrator or panel of arbitrators (one neutral and two party arbitrators) hear and decide the case.
Although arbitration is different from court, it is a bad idea to represent yourself. Kaiser knows that people who represent themselves in these arbitrations lose more than 75% of the time. Good attorneys always represent Kaiser. An ordinary member stands a small chance of winning against experienced Kaiser attorneys. I highly recommend that an attorney represents you throughout the arbitration process. Don’t become one of the 75%. Richard Katz has successfully navigated the complex arbitration process for many clients. He has a winning track record in Kaiser medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice cases and in personal injury cases.
Richard Katz has successfully handled many claims against Kaiser. We are based in Pasadena, California and serve the Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County and San Diego County. Richard Katz has been practicing law for nearly 35 years and is a member of ABOTA. He has a proven track record against Kaiser.We have handled many different types of medical malpractice claims against Kaiser, including:
- Birthing injuries – causing injuring to the mother
- Cancer misdiagnosis causing failures to treat a treatable condition, i.e., early stage cancer
- Bacterial / Fungal misdiagnosis post cardiac surgery
- Gynecological errors both care and treatment and post delivery
- Surgical errors, including one in which treatment of hemorrhoids caused devastating results
- Emergency room errors
- Hospital errors
- Wrongful death claims
- X-ray and other radiographic studies misread
Free Legal Advice About Your Claim Against Kaiser
Money damages will not restore your health or bring a loved one back to life. Still, you do deserve compensation for pain and suffering, further medical bills, and lost earnings. Further, fighting back against negligent medical care by holding individuals and organizations responsible will help improve the system and likely prevent a similar injury from occurring to someone else in the future.
If you or a family member has been injured or you have lost a love one, under the care of Kaiser, call Richard Katz at 626-796-6333 to discuss your case. The legal advice is free, and the consultation is free.
Richard Katz is based in Pasadena, CA, and serves the greater Los Angeles area. Neighborhoods we serve in Los Angeles County include: Los Angeles, Altadena, Alhambra, Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Diamond Bar, Duarte, El Monte, Glendora, Hacienda Heights, Irwindale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Puente, La Verne, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pomona, Rosemead, Rowland Heights, San Dimas, San Gabriel, San Gabriel Valley, San Marino, Sierra Madre, Temple City, West Covina, Walnut. Neighborhoods we serve in Orange County include Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Santa Ana, Seal Beach and Yorba Linda. We also serve Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County.