Medical Malpractice & Medical Error Attorneys in Los Angeles
What Should You Do if a Doctor’s Error Made Your Condition Worse?
Cancer, heart disease, and medical errors: the three leading causes of death in America, according to a study by Johns Hopkins. Though doctors’ edicts are assumed by all to be correct, medical error is far more common than the average person suspect. Often, the error is not noticed before the patient has suffered serious, sometimes irreversible, damage.
It is estimated that 200,000 to 300,000 hospital deaths are caused by medical malpractice each year.
Many patients never know whether their condition was worsened or their recovery time extended due to a caregiver's mistake. Surviving family members are often too overcome with grief to investigate whether negligence played a role in their loved one’s death. However, when outcomes do not match expectations, it is a question worth asking.
If you suspect you have been a victim of medical malpractice consult a lawyer immediately as the time you have to file a claim is limited. It can be as short as six months in some cases
Malpractice Cases Require Experience and Knowledge
Doctors and other medical professionals are expected to provide treatment that meets a certain standard of care. This standard is defined by medical experts, so medical malpractice cases hinge on having both precise and accessible testimony from someone authorized to speak on the matter.
Proving medical malpractice to a jury of laypeople can be difficult, especially when the defense attorneys attempt to confuse and persuade the jury that the injury the patient suffered wasn't due to any errors. You must come to court prepared for this to happen. These cases require an experienced medical malpractice team with a clear understanding of the accepted medical standard and excellent communication skills that can cut through juror confusion.
Medical malpractice may involve simple mistakes or serious errors in judgement. Common cases include:
- Anesthesia errors
- Surgical errors
- Prescription and medication dosage errors
- Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose
- Mistreatment and failure to treat
- Birth injuries
- Nursing home abuse
We Know What It Takes to Win
The legal team at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation is ready to take on medical malpractice cases, no matter how complicated. We have medical consultants who work with us to identify doctor errors and show how they directly caused patient complications. Effectively communicating with judges and juries comes easily to our experienced trial lawyers.
Discuss your malpractice experience with an understanding attorney at our firm today. We can help you identify and ask for the maximum possible compensation.