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Medical Malpractice Attorneys Protecting Injured Patients

Patients trust doctors and other healthcare professionals with their lives. If a healthcare professional makes a mistake that causes a patient injury or harm, it may be considered medical malpractice. Some mistakes lead to minor injuries, but others can cause life-threatening or even fatal health complications.

Medical malpractice victims may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, medical malpractice law is complex, so if you or a loved one sustains injury due to medical negligence, you need an attorney with experience in this specialized area of personal injury law.

At Carpenter & Zuckerman, our knowledgeable and compassionate medical malpractice lawyers can help pursue justice in your case and fight for rightful compensation on your behalf. Contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Four Essential Elements to Proving a Medical Malpractice Claim

Doctors’ mistakes are not always considered medical malpractice. To establish that medical malpractice occurred, a plaintiff must prove these four elements existed:

  1. A doctor-patient relationship existed between the plaintiff and the defendant.
  2. The doctor was negligent, which means they acted in a way that a competent doctor would not have under similar circumstances.
  3. The plaintiff sustained injury as a result of the doctor’s negligence.
  4. The plaintiff suffered harm as a result of the injury.

Common Forms of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice can occur in several different situations in the practice of medicine. Some of the most common types of medical malpractice include:

Misdiagnosis/Failure to Diagnose

A healthcare professional should be able to correctly diagnose a patient after analyzing their symptoms, reviewing their medical history, and performing necessary tests. However, if a healthcare professional does not diagnose the patient correctly, it could be considered medical malpractice if the mistake causes the patient harm.

Misdiagnosis can occur when a doctor fails to order the proper tests, ask about the patient’s medical history, or listen to the patient’s description of their symptoms. It can also occur when a doctor does not perform regular health screenings on the patient or misreads test results.

Medication Errors

Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists can be liable for medication errors that injure patients. Medication errors can occur when a doctor prescribes the wrong medication or dose. They can also occur when a nurse administers the incorrect medication or dose.

Surgical Errors

Surgeons must undergo years of training before being allowed to operate on patients, but they can still make mistakes despite this training. Surgical errors are preventable mistakes made during surgery. For example, operating on the wrong person or body part is considered a surgical error.

Failure to Warn Patients of Risks

Doctors must inform patients of any known risks associated with a treatment before beginning a procedure. If a doctor fails to warn a patient about the risks, and the patient sustains an injury due to one of the risks, the patient may be entitled to file a medical malpractice claim.

If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, speak to a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. Various parties, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and hospitals, may be held accountable in medical malpractice cases. An experienced lawyer can investigate your case to help identify the liable parties.

Birth Injuries

Birth injuries occur when doctors and other medical professionals fail to perform their jobs properly during the labor and delivery process. These types of injuries are devastating because they can cause disability and health challenges that affect children and their families for the rest of their lives. Whether a baby has cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, newborn cephalohematoma, or another type of birth injury, our team can help the child’s family seek rightful compensation.

Contact Our Skilled Medical Malpractice Attorneys Today!

If a negligent healthcare professional has injured you, contact the law offices of Carpenter & Zuckerman today to discuss your case. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we can start building a solid case on your behalf, helping to ensure that you receive the full compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.

For nearly 30 years, our firm has been handling some of the most challenging medical malpractice and personal injury cases, and we have obtained more than $2 billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients.

The medical malpractice attorneys at CZ Law serve clients throughout California and other states. We have offices in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Orange County (Garden Grove), Irvine, San Diego, Bakersfield, and Seattle.

For a FREE consultation, contact us online or call (310) 273-1230. You pay no fees unless we win compensation in your case!

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