Medical malpractice can be described as a negligent act or omission that causes injury to a patient due to subpar treatment that falls below the accepted standard of practice. Under the law, in order for a medical malpractice claim to be considered, it must meet the following terms:
- Standard of care was violated
- An injury was the direct result of the negligence
- The subsequent damages (injuries) were very significant
If you or someone you know is suffering from significant injuries due to the medical negligence or mistake of a health care provider, the Los Angeles medical malpractice attorneys from The Barnes Firm was to hear your case. Medical malpractice is a particularly challenging area of law, Which is why you want to hire lawyers with an extensive amount of experience to bring a successful claim forward. At The Barnes Firm, we have the skills, expertise, and access to some of the nation’s top medical experts to get positive results for our clients.
Medical malpractice is never black and white. If you are unsure if your injury is from the neglect of a healthcare provider, please contact our Los Angeles medical malpractice attorneys right away so justice can be served.
Types of Medical Malpractice Our Los Angeles Lawyers Handle
Before any litigation for your medical malpractice case can begin our law firm must first establish the type of medical practice that has occurred so we can immediately start working to prove negligence. Here are some of the most common types medical malpractice that our Los Angeles birth injury lawyers handle.
Emergency Room Malpractice
Emergency rooms are chaotic in nature, which in turn creates an environment where staff members are overwhelmed and more prone to mistakes. Studies show that half of all medical malpractice-related deaths occur in the ER.
Labor & Delivery (Birth Injury)
The birthing process can be very dangerous not only for the baby, but the mother as well. It is the duty of all labor and delivery medical staff to keep an eye on the health of the mother and baby and intervene quickly should problems develop. If a doctor or nurse neglects the patient(s) during the birthing process, it could cause permanent injuries that will affect that child for the rest of their life.
According to a report in the Archives of Surgery, wrong-site or wrong-patient surgical errors occur over 2,000 times annually, where a surgeon performs the right operation to the wrong patient or the wrong procedure to the right patient. Medical malpractice can also occur post-surgery if the performing surgeon does not provide the patient with proper post-operative care.
Failure to Diagnose (Misdiagnosis)
Failure to diagnose a highly treatable condition such as early-stage cancer, gestational diabetes, stroke, and heart attack, leads to many deaths that could have been prevented if medical staff had intervened sooner. This sometimes happens due to poor communication between patient and doctor or simply because the doctor does not take the time to listen to a patient’s symptoms.
Medication should be double, triple, and quadruple checked before given to patients; however, this is almost never the case. Every year thousands of medication errors occur in hospitals that result in allergic reactions, drug overdoses, and death.
While these are just a few of the malpractice claims our medical malpractice attorneys serving Los Angeles can handle, contact our law firm today for a free evaluation so we can learn the specifics of your case.
Proving Negligence in a Los Angeles Medical Malpractice Claim
Once the type of medical malpractice has been established, and it is sufficiently evident that the medical standard of care has blatantly been breached, our Los Angeles medical malpractice attorneys can get to work building your case. We begin by appointing a medical expert, where it will be their duty to help the jury understand your condition, the appropriate course of treatment, and how your doctor did not provide the care that was needed.
Still, it may not be enough just to say “the doctor made a mistake;” therefore The Barnes Firm Los Angeles medical malpractice attorneys will need to prove that the doctor’s negligence was a direct cause of your injuries and declining health.
Whatever type of medical malpractice you may have endured, The Barnes Firm is ready to pursue justice and get you the damages you wholeheartedly deserve. Call our office to speak with one of our qualified attorneys today.