Patients have a right to trust that the medical professionals who treat them will do a good job. While doctors and other care providers don’t have to be perfect, they have an obligation to be reasonably competent and provide a professional level of care. Any time a Hollywood medical professional fails to live up to this basic minimum obligation to patients, healthcare tends to suffer greatly as a result.
If you or someone that you love was hurt by a medical doctor or hospital’s failures, you have legal rights. Medical negligence or malpractice cases can be hard to prove because the question of whether the doctor did something wrong is very technical. Our attorneys can help you find experts, obtain evidence, and, if a case goes to trial, present arguments to a jury on why you were the victim of negligence. Call today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how our malpractice lawyers can advocate for you.
Medical Doctors Failing Patients
WebMD reported that Americans are “less trusting of the medical profession than people in many other countries.” While people typically like their own physician, Harvard health researchers found that just 58 percent of Americans believe that medical providers can be trusted. In 24 other countries, people have a higher opinion of the medical profession.
Estimates suggest that around 200,000 people die each year due to preventable medical errors.
Just because mistakes are common, however, does not make them tolerable. Every doctor and healthcare provider is expected to provide a level of care that is reasonable based on his or her training. This means if an average physician with the same background and specialty would have done a better job treating a patient and would not have made the mistakes that were made, that patient can pursue a claim for medical negligence.
Making a Claim
Victims of medical mistakes must prove:
- The medical professional had a duty to provide professional care. Legal action can be taken against any medical professional who offers treatment to patients, including general practitioners, surgeons, nurses, podiatrists, optometrists, and chiropractors, among others.
- The medical professional failed to fulfill the duty of care. A failure to live up to basic minimum standards of acceptable care is considered medical negligence.
- The medical negligence was the direct cause of damage to the patient. A worse prognosis, more costly treatment, additional pain and death are all possible consequences of a medical error.
- The patient or surviving family members suffered damages. In a malpractice claim, victims can be compensated for any financial costs such as additional medical expenditures that arose from medical negligence. Non-compensatory damages for pain and suffering are also available.
Medical negligence claims may arise due to acts, such as leaving a surgical instrument in a patient’s body, or through omissions such as a failure to diagnose.
If you have a Hollywood medical malpractice claim, our experienced lawyers can assist. Call today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you take legal action.