Medical Malpractice

California Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Patients have a “reasonable right” to expect good medical care from their doctors.

They must make decisions that are medically justifiable and in the patients best interest. If you have been injured by a doctor’s mistake or another serious medical error, you may be entitled to compensation.

COMMON TYPES OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICES

MISDIAGNOSIS OR DELAYED DIAGNOSIS

Cancer, appendicitis, ectopic pregnancies and vascular disease are commonly misdiagnosed conditions. A delayed diagnosis in a cancer patient can cost a life. A doctors failure to notice an infant in distress can result in birth injuries. In all of these cases symptoms usually escalate before a proper diagnosis is done.

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ANESTHESIA ERRORS

One of the most common occurrences with anesthesia is when the patient wakes up when a surgery is ongoing and can feel or see the procedure. There are also errors when the anesthesiologist chooses the incorrect drug, administers anesthesia too late, administers drugs that interact negatively with one another or the wrong dosage, gives a drug to an allergic patient, fails to monitor vital signs and to act upon changes in vital signs, fails to inform the patient of instructions regarding the procedure or uses faulty equipment.

EMERGENCY ROOM ERRORS

Despite the hectic and rushed environment in the emergency room, medical professionals are still expected to uphold a high standard of care for their patients because negligence here can lead to debilitating injuries and even death. Some emergency room errors include misreading charts, x-rays or test results, making medication errors, misdiagnosing or delaying a diagnosis, most frequently for blood clots, aneurysms, appendicitis, strokes or pulmonary embolisms and failing to diagnose cardiac problems that may lead to a heart attack.

HOSPITAL MALPRACTICE

If a hospital fails to check whether an employee has the proper degree or certification and that employee causes an injury, the hospital may be found liable. This is because such staff could engage in conduct – making an inaccurate diagnosis, neglecting a patient or refusing to offer the patient proper treatment, failing to order obligatory diagnostic tests to help determine treatment options, misusing medical equipment – that could be considered as medical malpractice, for which the hospital can be held liable.

FAILURE TO EXAMINE MEDICAL HISTORY AND RECOGNIZE SYMPTOMS

It is the responsibility of your doctors to listen and examine the symptoms you complain about. When this is overlooked, the doctor can be liable for a misdiagnosis.

POSTOPERATIVE NEGLIGENCE

Some conditions that commonly arise from postoperative negligence include sepsis, internal bleeding, bloodstream infections and blood clots and infections at the site of surgery and urinary tract infections (UTIs). In some fatal cases, surgical tools get forgotten in the patient’s body requiring another process for its removal.

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Despite the reassurance you may feel from paying well to avoid medical malpractices, they still occur. A medical professional could be negligent and ends up putting either your life or your loved one’s life at risk. A recent study shows that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, only surpassed by heart disease and cancer.

It is the duty of the medical professionals to monitor patients for complications that may arise from surgery or treatment. They are to correctly prescribe medicine to patients to aid in the healing process and prevent complications. Failure to properly monitor symptoms after a surgery may cause the patient severe injuries.

This is why you need our services as your medical malpractice lawyers to work out the finer details and represent your case. These types of cases have tight deadlines, so you should consider calling as soon as possible if you think you have a case.

WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU?

Medical malpractice cases are usually complex because of the strict regulations that medical professionals have guiding them; regulations which may not be known to the common man. Sometimes, when investigating a case, more errors turn up and the patient has to be duly compensated.

Having a good lawyer is paramount in your case. Medical malpractice lawsuits differ from other personal injury cases. This is because they are two intertwining areas of expertise: law and medicine. Our lawyers are well-versed in both of these areas with the required skill and attention.

Every step of the way, we help you understand your legal rights and weigh the options moving forward. The rules and procedures the court or the state may have are usually technical and complicated. With us, you would not have to go through it. We handle your business and save you the headache.

We have a firm understanding of medicine and are able to navigate through a complex medical record. In a given case, we know the right questions to ask, which experts to consult as well as anticipate the manipulations of the doctor’s or hospital’s team of lawyers. We understand that it might be quite traumatic for you to go through the motions of reliving the experience; so we will help you to pursue your medical malpractice claim.

By reviewing information given to us to establish if you have a claim and compiling more evidence to support your claim, we determine the value of your claim. We also point out all the potential liable parties.

Our team of experienced lawyers knows how to present, explain and support the evidence to a jury. We question expert witnesses turning neutral facts into favorable evidence through intelligent and well-thought out means.

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HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY A MEDICAL MALPRACTICES?

You should know that once a healthcare provider provides treatment that falls below the accepted standard of care in the medical community which puts you at risk of injury and death, that is medical malpractice. The strength of your case may ultimately hang on the ability of your attorney to prove a causal link. In addition, you should act as quickly as possible if you think you have a medical malpractice case because in most states, there are strict time limits governing how long you have to sue after an injury.

Generally, the factors that are reviewed when proving that a patient has a medical malpractice claim are:

PATIENT / DOCTOR RELATIONSHIP

Here, you have to prove that there was an existing physician-patient relationship with the doctor. This is usually done through hospital records or appointment cards. A medical malpractice case is only valid if the acts are committed within the scope of employment.

DUTY OF CARE

Medical practitioners have a legal obligation to their patients. They must act in the same manner as another practitioner in the same field and situation would.

BREACH OF DUTY

For the duty of care to have been broken, the doctor must have failed to act how another medical practitioner would have acted in a similar situation.

CAUSATION

Injured patients must prove that the medical practitioner’s breach of duty was the cause of their injury. This is collated through medical records, other documents and expert witness testimony.

DAMAGES

Medical professionals cannot be held liable unless the injured patient incurred additional medical bills, lost wages or future earning capacity, or pain and suffering. The injury caused by the healthcare provider’s negligence must have caused either economic or non-economic damages.

As legal experts, we also look out for some other factors to identify when and how these rules are broken.

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First is the communication. Nurses, doctors, and other health care professionals are obliged to in a timely, accurate and clear manner with each other and with the patient. Open communication ensures patient safety. A patient can be seriously harmed when a health care provider passes on incomplete medical information or delays a critical communication. If someone comes in for a surgery, but it was not communicated that there is a history of hypertension or any other cardiovascular disease which further increases the chances of death, the patient can sue.

Second, we investigate if the quality of patient care is compromised because health care professionals prioritized the speed of treating as much patients as possible over the safety of each patient. When treatment is carried out too quickly or too slowly, timing of care can lead to disastrous outcomes.

Finally, lawyers representing victims of medical malpractice have a thorough understanding of the medicine to identify the relevant rules that may have been violated. We know the standard of care which are to be adhered to that help keep patients safe.

DAMAGES

Damages awarded to compensate the injured patient for the harm caused by a medical professional could be compensatory and cover economic losses such as medical expenses, lost wages and earning capacity, pain and suffering. Other damages available are compensation for disability or disfigurement and loss of companionship.

We are available to properly document records related to your claim, investigate in great detail and negotiate with the defense, sometimes outside of the courtroom, to help get you the compensation for the malpractice you may have suffered. If the out-of-court negotiations are unfavorable for you, we are prepared to go to trial and present your case in the strongest possible form.

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