A patient laying in a hospital bed wondering if she was a victim of medical malpractice.

What Options Do You Have As A Medical Malpractice Victim?

On Behalf of Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire LLP
Oct 12, 2022

If you have been the victim of medical malpractice in California, you may be entitled to compensation. Medical malpractice can occur when a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional makes a mistake that causes injury to a patient.

Common Examples of Medical Malpractice

Here are five of the most common types of medical malpractice:

  • When a doctor or other healthcare professional fails to diagnose a medical condition, it may be considered medical malpractice.
  • Also, if they provide a misdiagnosis, this can lead to further injury or illness.
  • If a healthcare professional prescribes the wrong medication or dosage, this could also be medical malpractice.
  • Another form of medical malpractice occurs when there is a surgical error. This could be an error made during the surgery itself, or it could be an error made in the planning of the surgery.
  • Last but not least, birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy, can also be caused by medical malpractice.

What Can You Do if You Think You’ve Been a Victim of Medical Malpractice?

You should first report the incident to the healthcare facility where it occurred so that they can investigate. If you’re not satisfied with the results of their investigation, or if they don’t take any action, you can file a complaint with your state’s medical board.

The medical board may then investigate the incident and take action if they find that medical malpractice occurred. You may also file a lawsuit against the healthcare professional or facility. However, before you do so, you should ensure that you have all the necessary evidence, such as medical records and expert testimony.

If you’re successful in your lawsuit, you may get entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. However, it’s important to note that each case is different, so the amount of compensation you receive will depend on the specifics of your case.

If you think you may have been the victim of medical malpractice, don’t hesitate to take action. The sooner you do, the better your chances of getting the compensation you deserve and helping to ensure that similar incidents don’t occur in the future.