Determining whether you have been the victim of medical malpractice can
be complicated. Although in some instances the medical negligence may
seem obvious – such as where a surgeon performs a surgery on the
wrong site (i.e. such as by removing a left arm rather than a right arm)
or leaves a surgical instrument inside a patient – other times the
determination requires a more in-depth analysis.
To determine whether medical malpractice has occurred it is often necessary
to consult with an experienced California medical malpractice lawyer to
begin an investigation into all of the facts and circumstances surrounding
a particular case.
For example, generally a doctor, hospital or other health care provider
may be held liable and responsible for damages where the medical provider
failed to act with the requisite “standard of care” and as
a result, the patient suffered harm. This can happen in a variety of ways,
such as where a doctor fails to diagnose – or misdiagnoses –
a medical condition. A sign that this has occurred may be that your condition
is not improving or that the prescribed treatment is not working as predicted.
Medical malpractice may also be indicated in the “over-diagnosis”
of a condition, leading to unnecessary surgeries and treatments. This
may be the result of a doctor only performing a cursory examination of
a patient, or using just basic lab tests to diagnose a serious condition,
rather than performing an in-depth examination.
Often, discovery of the errors or negligence only occurs after a review
of medical records by an attorney and a medical expert.
For more information or if you are concerned that you may have been harmed
as the result of medical malpractice, please contact the experienced
San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick Peterson, LLP.