When you're dealing with health issues, no matter how big or small, you should be able to trust that your doctor, nurse, or specialist will always try his hardest to help you. Unfortunately, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical malpractice/negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
Do you think you or a loved one was injured due to a medical professional's negligence? Call the Law Offices of John P. Rosenberg at 818-716-6400 today for a free medical malpractice consultation, and request a FREE copy of our book, The 5 Worst Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Injury Claim.
In California, An Unsuccessful Medical Treatment Does Not Always Equal Medical Malpractice
Few people realize that if a medical treatment fails or a condition goes undiagnosed that this is not necessarily considered to be medical malpractice. Medicine is not an exact science and at the end of the day, doctors are only human and capable of mistakes.
However, medical malpractice comes into play when it is determined that a certain standard of care was not met. What that standard might be depends on several factors that will be specific to each individual case. However, for almost every medical condition there is a certain conventional protocol a medical professional is expected to follow. If the person responsible for your medical care acted the same way most other medical professionals would, then he was probably doing everything that would reasonably be expected. On the other hand, if the doctor, nurse, or technician violated normal medical practice—for example, by failing to get a medical history, not ordering necessary tests, or not recognizing very clear symptoms of an illness—this could be considered medical malpractice.
Medical Malpractice Can Come in Many Forms. Do Any Of These Situations Sound Familiar to You?
Since medical malpractice can be the result of many different types of negligence, there are several situations in which a medical professional can make a foolish, life-changing error. Common types of malpractice in the Los Angeles area include:
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors, including operating on the wrong body part or leaving surgical instruments inside the body
- Birth injuries stemming from either negligent prenatal care or negligence during childbirth
- Failure to treat, including discharging a patient too soon or failing to follow up with a patient
- Anesthesia mistakes
- Post-operative infections
- Wrongful death due to medical malpractice
This is not an exhaustive list, learn more about what you can so if you suspect you're the victim of medical malpractice, be sure to contact our Woodland Hills medical malpractice law firm.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Los Angeles County Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or a loved one were injured due to the negligence of a medical professional, you deserve to know if you can recover damages from a medical malpractice claim. Contact the Law Offices of John P. Rosenberg for a completely free initial consultation at 818-716-6400, and request a FREE copy of our book, The 5 Worst Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Injury Claim.