What to Do if You Suspect Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can be extremely difficult to prove, and some people are confused about what qualifies as malpractice. If a doctor is unable to cure your illness or injury or if your symptoms worsen while you’re in the hospital, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are the victim of medical malpractice. Sometimes your condition is simply one that cannot be treated.
However, if you have an injury or illness that is caused or worsened by the negligence of your doctors or nurses, you are likely eligible for compensation. One of our experienced attorneys in our Northridge area office can help you understand the difference and let you know if you should file a lawsuit.
Common Types of Malpractice
Since malpractice isn’t as common as many people believe, it’s important to know what qualifies for a lawsuit. Some of the most common malpractice cases are those where a patient is misdiagnosed. This can cause delayed treatment and can often make your injury or illness worse. In cases where a serious condition—such as cancer—is not diagnosed immediately, it may even be life-threatening. Other malpractice lawsuits come from medical mistakes, such as errors in surgery or prescribed medicines.
Your Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Not every malpractice case will end in a trial. We understand that trials are inconvenient and only prolong your stress and prevent you from obtaining your rightful compensation.
We will do our best to negotiate with the other parties to settle your case as quickly and efficiently as possible, since this is usually in everyone’s best interest. However, we will also help you prepare for trial in case it is inevitable and we will fight to make sure you receive the compensation that you are due.
Requirements for a Lawsuit
Most of the time, an expert medical witness will be needed to prove that malpractice occurred. This is why it’s important to work with an experienced firm like the Law Offices of Savin & Bursk.
To win your case, our experts can help you prove that the doctor (or other staff member) was negligent and that this negligence caused your injury or illness or aggravated a preexisting condition. This will help determine fair compensation for any pain, mental anguish, or lost wages that you suffered as a result of the malpractice.