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Medical Malpractice Due to a Negligent Medical Practitioner

In the State of California, most individuals rely on their medical practitioner when there is a need for any type of medical assistance above the common cold. Internal and external bodily complications and conditions may require educated medical professional such as doctors or nurses to interpret the facts. Many illnesses cannot be diagnosed without the proper and extensive testing. People rely heavily on their physicians with illnesses, a pregnancy, or injury. People place trust in the medical community and regularly place their lives in the hands of others within the medical community.

While the medical practice/profession as a whole often serves to help people in need, every so often a case comes along where a medical practitioner fails to protect his or her patient by following the standards of care in place. Medical professionals and institutions provide life, health and treatment for those in need on a day in and day out basis. People tend to trust the physician’s recommendations, course of action plans and even medical advice, rarely seeking second opinions or questioning that information. Sometimes, doctors are too busy, or they have other things going on that distract them, or they or their staff simply make a (very costly to the victim) mistake.  If you or someone you know has suffered due to a physician’s recommendations, treatments or procedures that left permanent or serious injury, there may be a reason to seek compensation for the harm done. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve.

What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?

Medical mistakes can become medical malpractice situations. This happens when the medical care of a patient is not up to current medical standards and ultimately results in a patient’s injury or even death.

Some Types of Medical Malpractice

The following cases contain limited examples of medical malpractice and resulting injuries because of the malpractice.

  • Birth or Labor Injuries
    • Resulting in an infant’s death or serious and permanent brain damage.
    • Resulting in the infant’s long-term injuries.
    • Resulting in the mother’s injury or death.
  • Elder Abuse
    • Physical or emotional pain inflicted on an elderly individual while being cared for at a nursing home or other medical facility.
    • Sexual or any other form of physical abuse while under supervision of a medical practitioner or medical facility.
  • Prescription Drug Injuries
    • Injuries sustained due to a defective prescription drug.
    • Death resulting from a prescription drug.
    • Drug dependency or addiction or other injury due to a negligent physician ordered prescription.
  • Surgical Injuries
    • Injuries sustained resulting from surgery.
    • Injuries or death resulting while the patient was being operated on.

Filing for a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

If you or someone you know has suffered due to the negligence of a physician, nurse, or other medical practicioner, there may be a reason to make a claim for the damages experienced. It is important to be aware, however, that there are stringent time limitations that must be met in order to file a lawsuit or claim. The time restrictions are complex and rigorously enforced, and they can be very short!  Therefore, it is beneficial to seek the aid of an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.

When suffering injuries due to medical malpractice, or other wrongful acts, you may be entitled to be compensated for your pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity, and all medical bills (past and future). Heiting & Irwin includes experienced teams of attorneys who can help you determine if you are eligible to file a medical malpractice suit and then prosecute it to a successful conclusion. Dealing with the implications of medical malpractice can be stressful, dealing with legal difficulties should not be. Heiting & Irwin can set you on the right path to recovery following a medical malpractice case. You can see information to contact this office at the following page here.



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