When you go to the doctor or hospital, you should be able to expect that any medical problems you are experiencing will be promptly and properly diagnosed and treated. Unfortunately, some patients leave the hospital with more issues than they had when they came in. If you experience additional injuries, medical issues, or other losses because of errors on the part of doctors or other health professionals, you have to right to recover for those losses. An experienced medical malpractice attorney from Jamal Injury Law in Orange County knows how to help injured patients receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
What Constitutes Medical Malpractice in Orange County?
While every person has the potential to make mistakes, when a doctor makes a mistake on the job, patients may suffer especially serious injuries. For this reason, California law holds doctors and healthcare professionals to a certain standard of care. This means that they should always act in a manner that a similar medical professional would act in light of the circumstances and patient. When a doctor breaches that standard of care and causes injury, they may be held liable for malpractice.
Ways that medical malpractice commonly occurs include:
Failure to correctly diagnose a condition
Failure to promptly examine or treat a patient
Errors involving medication
Injuries during childbirth
Failure to adequately monitor a patient
Wrongful discharge of a patient
Some of these errors can cause serious and even fatal complications. For example, childbirth injuries may permanently disable an infant, while failure to diagnose and properly treat serious diseases may be life-threatening.
Statute of Limitations in California
Every state has its own statutes of limitations, or time limits, in which a victim may file legal claims. For medical malpractice claims, California allows a victims to file a claim within three years of the date on which the injury occurred, or within one year of the discovery of the doctor’s negligence, whichever happens first. After those time limits expire, any claim for recovery against the responsible health professional will be barred. For this reason, you should never delay in contacting a medical malpractice lawyer if you believe you may have a potential case. Determining the correct statute of limitations may be complicated, so you should never risk having that time period expire and losing your chance at recovery.
Contact an Orange County Medical Malpractice Attorney for Help
No one should have to suffer injury because a doctor did not do his or her job correctly. If your doctor failed to meet the required standard of care in California, you are likely entitled to substantial compensation for any losses you suffered as a result. An Orange County medical malpractice lawyer at Jamal Injury Law understands all of the applicable state laws and how they may apply to your individual case. We work to make sure you recover the maximum amount possible so that you do not have to suffer financially any further. If you believe you have a medical malpractice case, call us today at 714-907-1021 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.