Lawyers Who Represent California Physician Assistants Against Negligence Claims
Helping healthcare providers in our Los Angeles communities
Physician assistants (PAs) undergo a rigorous education similar to that of a medical doctor (MD). To practice, PAs are subjected to arduous examination and strict licensing criteria established by the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the California Physician Assistant Board. PAs perform many of the functions of a medical doctor but are often more hands-on. This patient interaction allows PAs to provide more personal care but also exposes them to unfair and unsubstantiated complaints when patients associate their problems with the face they see most.
Davis, Grass, Goldstein & Finlay is committed solely to medical malpractice defense. Our lawyers draw upon a century and a half of combined experience representing Los Angeles-area hospitals, physicians, nurses and physician assistants against claims of negligence. We aggressively protect your interests at trial and during administrative proceedings. You worked hard for your career, so our lawyers fight the challenges to your success.
Physician assistants — on the frontline of patient care
Physician assistants work closely with medical doctors to provide patients with quality care in home settings, hospitals or extended care facilities. The California Department of Consumer Affairs' Medical Board of California permits licensed physician assistants to perform many of the same duties as a medical doctor, including the following:
- Take a patient’s health history and information
- Perform a physical examination of the patient
- Order diagnostic tests
- Perform routine diagnostic testing
- Make a medical diagnosis
- Treat a patient’s health condition
- Manage the patient’s ongoing care
- Administer injections
- Perform minor surgical procedures
- Assist the surgeon during medical operations
- Instruct and counsel the patient
- Provide preventative health measures
- Respond to life-threatening emergencies
Elements of a malpractice claim
To prevail in a medical negligence claim against a PA, a patient must prove all of the following elements of malpractice:
- The physician assistant owed the patient a duty of care.
- The PA breached the duty by not conforming to the standards of the profession.
- The breach of duty resulted in harm to the patient.
- The breach of duty caused damages.
As a PA, you are in the position to make decisions for yourself but under the supervision of a physician who must be available to you at all times. In addition to investigating whether the patient sustained injuries and subsequent damages and whether the harm resulted from a medical mistake, our defense may include challenging your role as PA versus that of the supervising doctor.
Respond aggressively to patient allegations of medical negligence
Consult with an attorney from Davis, Grass, Goldstein & Finlay who can protect your rights in a medical malpractice claim. Call 909.476.2662 or contact us online to discuss your case. Our legal team assists medical professionals throughout Southern California — including in Riverside and San Bernardino counties — from our law office conveniently located near the intersection of I-10 and I-15 and the Ontario International Airport.