Medical malpractice is defined as a professional negligence by a health care professional or provider which resulted in harm, injury, or death to a patient. Medical malpractice can occur in the diagnosis, medication dosage, treatment, or aftercare stage. It is quite common, with diagnoses errors causing up to 160,000 deaths annually in the United States alone.
Medical malpractice is exemplified in the case of Malyia Jeffers, who was a perfectly healthy 2-year old. She was taken to the local emergency room when her fever kept climbing, and unusual bruises developed on her cheek. Her family rushed her to the ER, but they had to wait nearly five hours as her septic infection worsened. Jeffers ultimately needed a quadruple amputation of both feet, her left hand, and all the fingers on her right hand. This could have been prevented if she was seen immediately.
Laws related to this field provide a way for patients to recover compensation for any of the harms resulting in the substandard treatment. In order to have a medical malpractice case, one must establish the appropriate medical standard of care that should apply to the patient’s case, and then show in detail how the defendant (doctor or other health care provider) fell short of meeting that standard.
Some factors to consider when evaluating your potential case are:
- Whether or not you recovered
- If your situation is complicated by other facts
- If you’ve received the standard care
- If your outcome falls within the acceptable risks
- And finally, if there are any other ways to address the problem
Navigating through this process can be tricky and time consuming, but finding an attorney can mean the difference between being compensated for your injuries and walking away empty handed. A personal injury attorney will aid you in this process by discussing the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and advising you on a course of action to take moving forward.
If you think you or a loved one has a medical malpractice case in California, call Guldjian today for a free legal consultation. We accept medical malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis. There will be no cost to you, unless we recover a settlement on your behalf. Let us help you and your loved ones get through the difficult times after a malpractice. Our dedicated California accident attorneys will aggressively fight for you until justice is served, whether it is through a personal injury settlement or a trial. Our caring team of injury attorneys will be available to you 24/7. Call us at 888.546.5315.