Medical malpractice happens more often in Los Angeles than you are probably aware. With hospital over-crowding, issues with health insurance, and tired healthcare workers, sometimes the patient suffers. Negligence at the hands of a doctor, nurse, healthcare professional, or even a hospital can occur when the individual or entity provides medical care and treatment that is below the standard of care in the community. In other words, when a medical professional does something they should not have done (left a sponge in your stomach, performed surgery on the wrong body part) or failed to do something they should have done (prescribe you the proper medication), they may have been negligent and you may be able to recover financial damages for your suffering.
Medical malpractice can mean:
- Birth Injuries such as cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy;
- Brain Injuries resulting in long-term or permanent physical disability, cognitive impairment or coma;
- Emergency Room Malpractice;
- Kaiser Malpractice (HMO);
- Misdiagnosis of Cancer and other serious medical diseases;
- Physician and Hospital Negligence, including medication error and failure to monitor.
This list is not exhaustive. To see if you have a potential medical malpractice case, contact an experienced Los Angeles medical negligence lawyer.
Unfortunately, even if you believe there was medical malpractice, that does not guarantee you have a case. In order for you to be able to bring a successful medical malpractice lawsuit, you must have suffered some damage or injury. Therefore, if the act of negligence did not cause you any harm, you will likely not be able to show damages. What’s more, California law requires that the act of negligence be a substantial factor in causing injury, harm or damage. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to help you determine what is ‘substantial’ in the eyes of the law.
To discuss your potential medical malpractice case, or to learn more about how to file a personal injury lawsuit in Los Angeles, contact the aggressive trial lawyers at BIKLAW today.