San Bernardino Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Each year, between 210,000 and 440,000 patients in hospitals are the victims of medical errors that contribute to death. Mistakes in hospitals are just one type of medical error with disastrous consequences for patients. Many negligent primary care physicians, dentists, chiropractors, nurses and other healthcare providers and healthcare centers are putting patients at risk.
When medical mistakes happen, healthcare providers need to be held accountable. The San Bernardino medical malpractice lawyers at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP represent patients and families affected by medical mistakes. Our attorneys have decades of collective experience and have been named among the Best Lawyers in America for our commitment to clients and our success in settlement and litigation. Let us put our legal knowledge to work to help if you’ve been a victim of malpractice.
When Can You Make a Medical Malpractice Claim?
Injured patients or surviving family members of those killed as a result of medical errors have certain legal rights. Malpractice victims can obtain compensation for treatment costs made necessary by the medical errors. Victims can also be compensated for lost income, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and wrongful death damages.
To make a successful claim for compensation, victims must prove their malpractice case. San Bernardino medical malpractice lawyers can help to show:
- What the doctor or care provider’s obligation was to you
- How the doctor or care provider fell short of providing the required level of care
- The extent of the damages that occurred as a direct result of the physician’s negligence
Doctors and other care providers are judged based on what an experienced medical professional with their background would have done in the same situation. If a reasonable doctor would not have made the mistakes that were made, this can lead to a malpractice claim.
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases
Malpractice cases arise not just from things doctors did to patients, but also from things they failed to do. For example, patients can make a claim for medical malpractice based on:
- A failure to diagnose a serious medical condition
- A delay in diagnosing a medical problem or providing treatment
- A failure to obtained informed consent from patients prior to providing care
- Botched lab results, failure to follow up on lab results or failure to communicate the results with patients
- Operating on the wrong patient or the wrong body part
In these and many other situations, the medical care provider’s actions can cause the patient to suffer a much worse outcome. In fact, a study published in BMJ Open found that misdiagnosis was the leading cause of malpractice claims for primary care doctors and that death was the result in as many as 15 to 48 percent of situations where an error was made.
Doctors and hospitals need to be held accountable if they make your health worse or if the treatment they provide causes or contributes to the death of family members.
Get Help from a San Bernardino Medical Malpractice Attorney
You have a limited amount of time to make a case for medical malpractice against your doctor or care provider, so don’t wait to take action and protect your legal rights. Contact a compassionate, professional San Bernardino medical malpractice lawyer today at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP to schedule your free consultation.