Have You Been A Victim of Medical Malpractice?

Have You Been A Victim of Medical Malpractice?

Often following a bad outcome after surgery, or when an individual suffers more pain than anticipated following a procedure, patients are left wondering whether they have been victims of medical malpractice. It is important to understand just what medical malpractice is.

Medical malpractice can take many forms, including but not limited to:

Pharmaceutical errors. This may occur when a physician writes a prescription for the wrong medication dose and a patient suffers harm as the result of taking too much or too little of the needed medication.

Surgical errors. Surgical errors including things such as wrong site surgery or leaving sponges inside a patient's body, causing harm and requiring additional surgeries.

Communication failures. This includes things such as when a nurse inadvertently puts epinephrine in an IM injection rather than through a patient's IV.

In general, the test to determine whether medical malpractice has occurred is whether the physician, hospital or other health care provider in question has breached the requisite standard of care for the position. This is typically determined via expert testimony.

When the failure to act with the requisite standard of care leads to harm, the health care provider may be found guilty of medical malpractice and be required to pay damages. Each circumstance is different, and requires that an experienced lawyer review all the factors that may have led to the injury.

For more information or if you believe that you or a loved one has been harmed as the result of medical malpractice, please contact the experienced San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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