I believe that my doctor in Los Angeles may have harmed me. How difficult are medical malpractice cases and what do I have to prove?

02 Apr 2019

I believe that my doctor in Los Angeles may have harmed me. How difficult are medical malpractice cases and what do I have to prove?

I’m sorry to hear that you may have been harmed by a doctor in Los Angeles. Medical malpractice cases can be complex and they can often take a significant amount of time to complete. However, if you believe that you have been harmed by a medical professional, you should speak with an attorney. The attorney can help advise you on whether the case is worth pursuing.

In California medical malpractice cases, there are a number of elements that must be proven in order for the injured party to be successful. You must prove that: there was a doctor-patient relationship, that the doctor owed the patient a duty of care, that the doctor breached his or her duty of care owed to the patient, that the breach of care was the cause of the plaintiff’s injuries, and that the plaintiff suffered damages as a result of the doctor’s conduct. In most cases, the hardest part to prove is that the medical professional deviated from the standard of care – in other words, that another competent professional working in the same field as the defendant would have handled the situation differently.

There are some common types of medical malpractice claims in California. Studies show that about one-third of all medical malpractice claims relate to diagnosis. Some examples are a failure to perform necessary tests, failing to ask a patient about his or her symptoms or medical history, failing to recognize obvious symptoms, and failing to correctly interpret test results. Some other common types of medical malpractice claims include surgical errors, emergency room errors, anesthesia errors, birth injuries, hospital errors, and more.

If you believe that a medical professional in California breached his or her duty of care to you and that you suffered harm as a result, call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles medical malpractice attorney, at 310-651-8272. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.

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