Factors to Keep in Mind for Medical Malpractice Victims
Have you been injured by medical malpractice? Here are a few things you should know before you try to seek compensation for your losses:
- Only the patient can claim malpractice – You can’t make a malpractice claim against a doctor you haven’t seen (even if your doctor consulted with someone else, which contributed to the problem).
- There is a minimum standard of care – Your medical staff doesn’t have to be flawless. There is some leeway, so malpractice is about more than you not being happy with a doctor.
- There has to be direct cause – In other words, you can’t hold a practitioner responsible for damage caused by your illness. It’s not the doctor’s fault that you became ill in the first place.
- You must be able to prove damages – If things are handled poorly but you eventually make a full recovery and you don’t lose out on income or other factors due to the negligence, there’s really nothing to claim. You have to have lost something in order to be eligible for compensation. Losses can include physical harm (e.g., the wrong limb gets amputated), lost wages (e.g., you can’t work for a time due to the malpractice), increased medical expenses due to the mistake, pain and suffering (e.g., it affects your relationship with your mate), or some other tangible damages.
Southern California’s Personal Injury Experts
Petrov Law Firm has the experienced personal injury attorneys that you want on your side when you need to be compensated for losses. To get the legal assistance you need, contact us today by calling our San Diego office at 619-344-0360.