When you don’t know if what you’ve experienced is considered medical malpractice, then it can be difficult to know where to begin figuring it out. Med mal is an especially complex area of law, and you need an attorney to determine the validity of the case as well as represent it.
However, you can begin the process by understanding the types of situations that typically qualify for a medical malpractice lawsuit. In San Diego County, the reasons for filing a medical malpractice case can include:
- A particular action taken by the medical professional
- Lack of action taken by a medical professional
- Prescribing improper medication
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a particular disease or medical condition
- A surgical error
- Wrongful death
Generally, medical malpractice happens when a medical professional administers improper or negligent treatment, which results in physical or emotional damages to the patient.
What to Do Next
Bringing about a lawsuit against a medical professional or facility can be intimidating, but it’s important to talk to a medical malpractice attorney about your situation before you take any legal action. The attorney can help you figure out if you have a case, what needs to happen in order to pursue the case, and what you can expect from a medical malpractice lawsuit.
To find a lawyer who can help you, please contact the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) of San Diego County. The LRIS provides free referrals to medical malpractice lawyers, who in turn can offer you up to 30 minutes of free consultation time.