No outcomes are guaranteed for any surgery. The results of an extremely complex and risky surgery may turn out to exceed a patient’s expectations. A very common low-risk surgery may have complications and result in serious injuries or death to the patient. Your body may not have responded as expected during surgery, or complications may have arisen that a doctor could not be expected to reasonably anticipate.
However, in some cases surgeries are unsuccessful because of negligence on the part of the surgeon, the hospital, or health care professionals. Some experts estimate that hundreds of thousands of patients die annually because of negligence by health care providers.
In order to be successful in your medical malpractice case, you must show that the doctor was negligent in providing care to you, that the negligence caused your injuries, and that you suffered damages as a result of the negligence. Surgeons are required to use the same degree of skill and care that other surgeons in a similar type of specialty would use. If a surgeon fails to use that degree of skill and provides substandard care, he or she has committed malpractice.
Medical malpractice can be difficult to prove and normally requires consultation with medical experts. If you believe that your doctor or surgeon may have committed medical malpractice in California, call California medical malpractice attorney Conal Doyle of Doyle Law at 310-385-0567. He will provide you with a free consultation on your case. Call to learn more.