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Medical Malpractice Attorney Serving Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers Nationwide

All across the country, our government is failing to serve active duty servicemembers and military veterans when it comes to providing adequate health care. Nobody is perfect, not even the nation’s top doctors, and a successful outcome can’t be guaranteed for every surgery or other course of medical treatment. But avoidable medical mistakes and negligence are not part of that equation. When doctors and hospitals breach the duty of care they owe to patients, they can and should be held accountable for all the harm their inexcusable errors have caused.

Whether you are being treated at a VA medical center, a military hospital or clinic, a state-run hospital or a private facility, you deserve to be treated by a qualified, capable doctor and other health care providers who adhere to the expected and acceptable quality of care. Medical mistakes account for thousands of needless injuries and deaths every year. At Bertling Law Group, we are doing our part to end the practice of malpractice, make medical care safer for everyone everywhere, and ensure that people who are harmed by medical negligence get the proper care they need and appropriate financial compensation to deal with the financial costs and the physical and emotional challenges brought on by a medical malpractice injury.

Over 30 Years of Medical Malpractice Experience Representing Plaintiffs and Defendants

Our founder and lead attorney, Peter Bertling, spent 30 years of his legal career being retained by insurance companies to defend doctors sued for malpractice. That’s a long time to practice medical malpractice defense, and it includes handling hundreds of medical malpractice defense cases. This knowledge and experience works in your favor to have Bertling Law Group represent you in your plaintiff’s medical malpractice injury case. Peter knows how to evaluate a case from the defendant’s perspective; he knows how insurance companies think, how to properly value the claim, and whether the case is more likely to be settled out of court or resolve at trial. Peter and his team at Bertling Law Group have no problem at all going to trial to get a fair deal for their clients.

VA Malpractice Claims

In return for honorably serving your country, you deserve to receive quality care from VA hospitals, clinics and health care providers. Unfortunately, that does not always happen, and you or your loved one may have been injured by the negligence of a VA health care provider. Bertling Law Group will work to hold the VA responsible for their negligence and ensure you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.

DOD (Active Duty) Malpractice Claims

Until recently, active duty service members could not pursue a legal claim for compensation when they were the victims of military medical malpractice. Now they can. Effective January 1, 2020, active duty military personnel and their next of kin can file a claim with the Department of Defense for death or personal injury caused by the negligence of military medical providers. Bertling Law Group will navigate you through the unchartered waters of this new legal process and help you achieve the maximum financial compensation for your injuries.

Negligent Medical Care and Mental Health Support Resulting in Suicide

Suicide in the military ranks – both active duty and retired – is a tragedy of epic proportions, but it’s not something that is discussed openly. Bertling Law Group has been out in front on this issue, filing lawsuits to shine a spotlight on the matter and force the kind of systemic change that is needed to make VA and military hospitals take notice and take action. We share a common goal with our clients who lost a spouse or child to ensure that the VA and DOD follow proper suicide prevention policies and procedures, properly train their staffs regarding suicide prevention, comply with applicable standards of care regarding suicide prevention, and finally learn from their past mistakes so they stop repeating them.

You don’t want your spouse or child’s death to be in vain; you want to see changes made, and we want to help.

Comprehensive California Medical Malpractice Attorney

Peter Bertling, the founder and lead attorney at Bertling Law Group, is a California attorney licensed to practice law in all courts throughout the state of California. From our offices in Santa Barbara, we help all patients – civilian or military – who were the victims of medical malpractice at a California doctor’s office, clinic, hospital, surgery center, or other medical facility. If you were harmed by a misdiagnosis, a surgical error, nursing negligence, or other medical mistakes, we’ll help you find out what went wrong and work to see you are fully compensated for the injury and legal damages caused.

Call Bertling Law Group Today for a Free Consultation

If you suspect that a medical mistake is behind your injury or the loss of a loved one, we are here to help you find out and hold all responsible parties accountable. Call today for a free consultation. We advance all costs necessary to pursue your case, and we only charge a fee if we are successful in recovering compensation for you. Legal fees for DOD and VA cases are set by statute as a portion of the recovery, either 20 or 25 percent, so you can be assured that the bulk of the recovery belongs to you.

Are you ready to tell your story? Bertling Law Group is ready to hear it and help you find justice. Call 844-295-7558 to get started today.

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Meet Your Dedicated Team, Ready to Help You
Peter G. Bertling Attorney

After becoming an attorney in 1987, Peter spent the next 30 years learning the in’s and out’s of defending medical providers and saving insurance companies millions of dollars in damages by negotiating medical malpractice, wrongful death, and elder abuse cases. Peter now uses that experience to provide compassionate and aggressive representation to individuals who have been injured by a health care provider’s medical negligence. Bertling Law Group was founded in 2018 to protect the rights of Veterans, Active Duty Military personnel and their families...

Jemma Park Saunders Attorney

Jemma Parker Saunders is an associate at Bertling Law Group who focuses her practice on employment law. Jemma covers all areas of employment law with a particular focus on pre-litigation consulting. Prior to joining Bertling Law Group, Jemma was a board member of the California Society of Healthcare Risk Management, where she organized conferences and created educational materials for health risk management. She continues to concentrate on risk assessment and risk mitigation in the legal sphere to help clients avoid problems and maintain productive...

Cyndi Sierra Paralegal

Cyndi Sierra came to our firm with expertise in litigation, civil practice, plaintiffs’ recovery, and law firm administration. In 2006, Cyndi earned her B.A. in both Law and Society and Chicana/o Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara. She subsequently earned her paralegal certificate from the University of California Santa Barbara Extension Program in 2016. Cyndi is now working on her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She hopes to become a bilingual/bicultural therapist and school counselor...

Stephanie Aguiniga Executive Administrator

Stephanie oversees the day-to-day office operations, calendaring, client relations, and document management, while also providing administrative support to the attorneys and paralegal. Stephanie has over 15 years of customer service experience. She is highly courteous and effective in her communication with our clients, counsel, experts, vendors, and has received an exceptional response from everyone she has worked with.

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The team at Bertling Law Group believes in giving back to our community. We support several local and nationwide organizations that engage in a wide range of important issues.

Our attorneys and staff members enjoy donating our volunteer services and financial support to causes we feel passionate about. Here are a few of our favorite community service projects.

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