When something extremely negative happens to you as a patient, you may wonder if you have experienced medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice is professional negligence by act or omission by a health care provider. It means the treatment provided falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community. If the treatment caused injury or death to the patient, then your case may qualify as medical malpractice.
But outside the standard definition, it may be hard to know whether or not your medical case is considered malpractice or something else.
Some of the reasons a medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed can include:
- A particular action taken by a medical professional
- Lack of action taken by a medical professional
- Prescribing improper medication
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a particular disease or medical condition
- Surgical error
- Wrongful death
The best way to figure out whether or not your case is a malpractice lawsuit is to speak with a medical malpractice attorney. If you are in San Diego County, then you can get a referral to an attorney by contacting the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS).
Medical malpractice lawyers will know the right questions to ask to determine if your case is malpractice. With legal help, you will be able to understand what is considered malpractice under the laws of California and whether or not that means your case can proceed to court. If it does, then you will have the attorney to help you plan and execute a legal strategy.