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What You Need to Know About Medical Malpractice

Patients place a great deal of trust in the hands of their medical providers and in return, doctors are expected to abide by the highest standards of care when looking after their patients. While the vast majority of physicians, surgeons and anesthesiologists do their very best to provide outstanding health care, doctors are only human and no level of education or experience can entirely prevent accidents from occurring.

Medical malpractice refers to professional negligence on behalf of the medical professional. When an act or omission by the health care provider falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes undue injury or death to the patient, it is called medical error or medical negligence. Unfortunately, medical errors are not uncommon events in the medical community, especially when a hospital or facility is short staffed and doctors are working long hours on too little sleep. While medical errors encompass a wide range of mistakes, some of the common forms of medical malpractice injuries include:

  • Birth injuries
  • Surgical errors
  • Anesthesia errors (too little medicine or too much)
  • Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
  • Failure to provide appropriate medical treatment
  • An excessive delay in providing necessary care

Elements to Prove in a Case

In order to successfully file a medical malpractice claim, the plaintiff must prove that a legal duty was owed by the provider to care for the patient, that the provider breached that duty, and that breach caused an injury, and most importantly, that the plaintiff suffered some type of damage.

If you or someone you love was injured as a result of medical malpractice, it's important that you contact the Law Office of Gary D. Baughman, APC as soon as possible. In California, medical malpractice claims have a statute of limitations which is two years from the injury, or if the injury was not immediately discovered, within one year from the date of discovery. If you fail to file a claim within this small window, you lose your right to compensation permanently.

Contact a Redlands personal injury lawyer from the firm right away to find out if you have grounds to compensation in a medical malpractice claim. To schedule your free consultation, please call (909) 927-5359 today!