For those in need of medical attention, we have little choice but to put our trust in doctors, nurses, and other medical practitioners. If any of those professionals perform their duties carelessly, the results can be tragic: routine surgery can lead to paralysis or even death; a healthy baby can sustain serious injuries due to an error during delivery; a typo in a prescription can lead to an overdose of a dangerous drug.
Many tragic outcomes in hospitals and other medical facilities are inevitable — the staff delivers competent medical service but cannot overcome the damage done by an illness or injury. Medical malpractice, in contrast, occurs when a medical professional or institution fails to comply with established standards of care due to negligence. Some of these negligent errors cause only short-term harm; others, whether performed by a surgeon, an anesthesiologist, a general practitioner or a nurse, can cause lifelong disability or even death.
Legal Support For A Wide Range Of Medical Errors In Northern California
Examples of negligent behavior can include:
A failure to diagnose a condition
Incorrectly prescribed medication
In order to prove medical malpractice, your attorney must prove that a medical professional was negligent and show that this negligence caused an injury or death.
Prescription Drugs - $1.4M: A case against a physician for over-prescribing painkillers to a patient resulted in a $1.4 million judgment in favor of the patient's widow and children.
Brain Injury - $4.75M: Settled a malpractice action against a hospital for negligently failing to discover or treat a newborn infant's infectious disease for $4.75 million during the trial.
Failure to Diagnose Pre-eclampsia - $2.45M.
Hold Medical Practitioners Accountable For Negligence
Doctors take an oath pledging not to hurt patients. If a medical professional's negligence or incompetence has injured you or caused the death of a loved one, contact the lawyers at Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP, to discuss your options.
Contact Wilcoxen Callaham online or call 916-442-2777 for a free consultation. You could be entitled to compensation for your suffering.