HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE?
Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 at 10:48 pm
Sacramento Attorney Tips On Identifing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Medical malpractice lawsuits can occur when a patient is injured by a medical professional who is negligent in providing appropriate medical treatments. It is a rarity but hospitals, doctors, lab technicians and nurses do make mistakes when treating their patients. It can be difficult to determine if you should move forward with a medical malpractice lawsuit if you are the victim of a medical professional’s neglect.
One thing to note is that just because a patient was unhappy with the outcome of their medical treatment does not automatically give them solid ground to file for a malpractice lawsuit. And with the nationwide medical malpractice reform movement, it is difficult keeping up-to-date on all the new laws. That is why have provided some tips here to help you determine if you possibly have a strong malpractice case.
What is Medical Malpractice?
One of the most common malpractice occurrences is when a doctor or nurse fails to do something or doesn’t do something correctly when treating a patient. Any of these two medical mistakes can lead to a malpractice lawsuit if the patient is harmed in the course of treatment.
A medical malpractice case could be due to medical negligence. This could be in the form of not providing an accurate diagnosis of you injuries which could lead to the wrong treatment or improperly administered medication. The determining factor here is was the standard of care consistent with what other medical professionals would have provided.
To illustrate this a 21 year-old in very good health would not get the same medical treatment as a 75 year-old senior that has medical issues. Both of these patients require unique and consistent care for their particular age and health conditions. If a doctor makes an error in consistent care your case could be a strong malpractice lawsuit.
Common Medical Malpractice Cases
- Misdiagnosis of Injury or Condition
- Delayed Diagnosis by a Doctor
- Error Made During Surgery
- Prescription Medication Errors
- Injuries to Baby During Childbirth
- Anesthesia Errors in Surgery
Were you Injured by a Doctor or Nurse?
The most critical part of a successful medical malpractice case is determining how badly the patient was injured. You must be able to prove that it was the doctors mistake in treatment the caused your condition to be worse. In malpractice lawsuits you are required to show that your original injury or condition could have been successfully treated if your doctor took correct actions. We have seen some of the most negligent lawsuits come from a doctor amputating the incorrect limb, treating a major illness to conservatively, a patients health was diminished due to an improper treatment or in the most extreme cases a patient died due to poor medical care. In all these cases the patient was definitely harmed by a doctor’s actions.
Next you will have to present a strong case that your injuries were a direct result of your doctors actions or otherwise known as causation. Causation is the hardest part in presenting a strong medical malpractice case. It could involve spending lots of money in hiring expert witnesses that are professionals in the medical field and conducting many interviews with other people involved in your particular malpractice case.
Helping You with Your Medical Malpractice Case
As you can see a strong medical malpractice lawsuit can be very difficult to successfully present to a judge and jury. It’s times likes this that you need an experienced medical malpractice attorney to handle your claim. The medical malpractice lawyers at the Tiemann Law Firm can help you build a strong case so you can maximizes your compensation.
Get a Free Legal Consultation with a Medical Malpractice Attorney in Sacramento
Contact our Sacramento medical malpractice attorneys if you would like a free consult. Here, at the Tiemann Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping you and your family secure the financial help you need and deserve. Our Sacramento and Folsom, CA medical malpractice attorneys can meet with you free of charge, and if we take your case, we will charge no attorneys’ fees unless you receive compensation. Clients come to us from not only Sacramento but also Folsom, Citrus Heights, Rocklin and other areas in Northern California and greater Sacramento, California.