As a patient, you have rights. You have the right to expect your physician, nurse, surgeon, psychiatrist, dentist, or another medical practitioner will be administering treatment within what is termed "the accepted standard of care." This standard refers to what another similar professional would do when faced with the same medical problem. This standard affects:
- Administering medications
- Prescribing medications
- Medical implants
- Plastic surgery
- Attending a birth
- Other treatments and procedures
When a medical professional fails to administer the accepted standard of care, and there are actual damages, such as injury, illness, a medical condition diminished capacity, the need for corrective surgery or loss of life or any other problem as a result, a medical malpractice claim can be filed against that physician or other medical professional, as well as the facility in which it occurred.
These can be difficult cases, as the medical community sticks together. There is almost always some expert witness, who can be called upon to present testimony that the administration of the treatment was correct, however outdated, incorrect, or dangerous to the patient.
These cases involve a huge range of medical errors, including mistakes made during the birth process in which a baby is injured due to the failure of the doctor or other attending medical professionals to take fast action when a baby is in distress. Statistics show that there is an incredible number of medical errors made every year, often with a fatal outcome. Some of these errors occur during the emergency treatment when the correct condition is not diagnosed early enough, and the patient then suffers a fatal heart attack, or meningitis is not diagnosed, and a multitude of other possible medical errors, in which the patient suffers permanent damage or death.
If you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice, contact the Gill Law Group in Orange County. Our legal team can evaluate your case and advise you. It is important that medical professionals are held accountable for the errors they make that lead to injury, illness, a serious condition, or death. We are here to seek justice for victims of medical malpractice throughout the Brea area. Contact us today.