No, unfortunately not. We're only allowed to have contact through the website. The site offers telephone consultations but most of the legal experts don't do those because of the State Bar rules.
You can find an expert at http://www.amfs.com/ and you would want one who is in the same specialty as the doctor. They will want to see most of the medical records, etc.
You can find an attorney at www.lawyers.com, under Area of Practice enter Medical Malpractice.
I'll answer your original questions below, then you can ask any follow ups.
if the civil suit fails can she then file a Small Claims court from a different angle.. bad faith?
No, you can only file one lawsuit and in it you have to allege all causes of action. In medical malpractice cases no matter what else you allege it will always be considered a medical malpractice case.
Also what will happen at this first hearing if she goes in without a lawyer.. will she be able to state her case?
As I mentioned above, the initial hearing is usually not the trial but it can be a lot of different things. She needs to get an expert report ASAP because the doctor is going to file a Motion to Dismiss based on his own report and if she doesn't have an expert report the court is going to have to dismiss the case and she won't be able to refile.
Is there any legal aid advice or assistance for women her age?
I'm not aware of anywhere she can get assistance on a medical malpractice case other than a medical malpractice lawyer. Age doesn't have any bearing on this issue.