Thursday, March 27, 2008

Donda West Case Sheds Light on Shortcomings in California’s Medical Malpractice Laws

For Donda West, longtime Chicago State University English professor and mother to famed hip hop artist Kanye West, the beauty quest turned deadly in November 2007, when West fell victim to complications after undergoing several cosmetic surgery procedures. It has since come to light that West’s surgeon, Dr. Jan Adams, has a history of alcohol-related legal troubles and has settled several medical malpractice cases in the past.

Despite clear indications that a pattern of negligence may exist, the West family’s ability to seek damages in the case may be limited by a peculiarity of California law. The
Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975, or MICRA, sets limits on the amount of damages that can be awarded in some medical malpractice cases. The fairness of the controversial law has been called into question by a number of prominent industry experts and think tanks in the past, but it may take the heightened scrutiny of the press in the aftermath of the Donda West case to finally bring widespread attention to the issue.

If you or a loved one has fallen victim to questionable medical practices, you need the help of a highly-qualified personal injury lawyer.
Contact the attorneys at The Heller Law Firm for a free consultation, or call us direct at 866-461-5791. You will hear from us either the same day or within 24 hours.

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