Medical Malpractice:

We have over 45 years of combined experience defending a myriad of healthcare providers, including hospitals, dialysis centers, physician groups, radiology centers, HMOs, PPOs, and various other group-practices, managed care organizations, and insurance companies/insureds, in medical malpractice coverage, ERISA and other various actions. We have tried to award (verdict) over 150 binding malpractice arbitrations, as well as numerous cases in the trial court. Zuetel & Associates possesses the superior skills to appropriately respond to each lawsuit, and the expertise to effectively manage the litigation with the goal of achieving a defense verdict for our clients.

HMO Business Practices and Liability

We have successfully represented nationally-known HMOs against various claims, from class action lawsuits to statutory violation claims (e.g., Health & Safety Code 1371; the Consumers Legal Remedies Act), as well as against the more "typical" actions involving such issues as the delivery of care to HMO members, ERISA, patient grievance claims, and the like. Zuetel & Associates was responsible for breaking new ground in the field of arbitration and healthcare law in the case of Broughton v. CIGNA HealthCare (1999) 21 Cal.4th 1066. There, the California Supreme Court not only upheld the right of healthcare providers to seek arbitration of plaintiffs' medical malpractice claims, but expanded the agreement to encompass arbitration of statutory violations, as well. Our multi-decade experience base in representing managed care entities in a variety of claim settings, provides us with a significant litigation advantage on behalf of our clientele.

Elder and Dependent Care Actions

We have had significant experience with Elder or Dependent Care Abuse claims against acute care facilities, residential care facilities, nursing homes, individual physicians, and various other healthcare providers. It goes without saying that potential exposure via an elder abuse claim can be significant. These claims can often represent substantial dollars, in the form of compensatory and punitive damages, as well as attorneys fees, against a defendant provider found guilty of violating the law. Moreover, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) may well not apply to protect a provider against such claims. We have both the specialized knowledge of this evolving area of the law, and the experience to successfully defend healthcare providers against an alleged violation of the California Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (EADACPA).

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