Common Medical Malpractice Cases in California
When you need medical care, you expect to receive help. You do not expect to hurt by the doctor or other medical provider. Sadly, some patients will be the victims of medical malpractice. When a doctor or other health care provider fails in his duty of care, a patient might recover compensation for damages by filing a medical malpractice claim.
Below are seven of the common medical malpractice claims in California and throughout the United States.
Failure to Diagnose
When you have been injured or you are ill, there will be physical symptoms. Your doctor should recognize those symptoms and perform tests to determine the cause of the symptoms. Failing to follow through with the proper procedures to diagnose a patient could constitute medical malpractice for failure to diagnose.
Medical malpractice related to birth injuries can occur at any point in the pregnancy, during the birthing process, or after the birth. Tragic and heartbreaking effects, including brain damage and paralysis, can result from negligence or substandard care of the mother or the child.
Prescribing the wrong dose or the wrong medicine can result in severe injuries and death. Medication errors can be the fault of a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. It is extremely important that a medical provider and health care professionals check and double check prescription medication to avoid errors.
There is always a risk when using anesthesia of complication during or after the procedure. The anesthesiologist is always responsible, even if he is not present for the entire procedure because he prescribes the medication and the dosages to be used during the procedure.
Surgical errors are a common allegation in medical malpractice claims. Leaving instruments or other items inside a patient, performing the wrong surgical procedure, failing to anticipate foreseeable problems, and failing to monitor the patient after surgery are just some of the allegations of medical malpractice caused by surgical errors.
Failing to Perform Diagnostic Tests
When a doctor is trying to diagnose an illness, it is important to utilize all relevant diagnostic tests to assist in the diagnosis. If a doctor fails to perform the required tests, the patient may have a medical malpractice claim if he or she is harmed because of this oversight.
A doctor cannot prevent all deaths; however, medical malpractice is the cause of some patient deaths. If you believe your loved one died because of medical malpractice, it is important that you demand a full autopsy immediately to determine the cause of death. An autopsy can help when trying to prove that medical malpractice was the cause of the death.
Call a Fresno Medical Malpractice Attorney
Mistakes are always possible in the medical profession. Health care providers have a duty to protect their patients from harm. If a provider fails in this duty, the patient may have legal recourse under California’s medical malpractice law.
Torem & Associates handle medical malpractice claims for clients in Fresno County and throughout Central California. Call (888) 500-5000 or use the contact form on our website to request additional information or a free consultation with a Fresno medical malpractice lawyer.