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Medical Malpractice Attorney in Stockton
Entrusting your health to medical professionals is a significant leap of faith. At the bare minimum, you expect the doctors, nurses, and surgeons who hold the reins of your well-being to follow the accepted standards of care. So, what happens when that trust is betrayed?
Unfortunately, medical malpractice is more prevalent than we'd like to believe. One study found that 10 percent of all deaths in the United States are due to medical malpractice.
If you suspect that you or a loved one has fallen victim to medical malpractice, don't navigate this challenging journey alone. Reach out to Morgan & Morgan for a free, no-obligation evaluation. Should your case warrant compensation, rest assured that we have the resources necessary to take on virtually any defendant in Stockton and throughout the nation. And unlike other injury firms, we are not all words without action; our results speak for themselves.
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How Do I Prove Medical Malpractice?
To establish medical malpractice, your claim must satisfy four important elements. First, you must show that a doctor-patient relationship existed. This helps establish a duty of care.
Second, you must prove that the healthcare professional breached this duty by acting negligently or deviating from the standard of care. Once that's out of the way, you must demonstrate a direct connection between the breach and the harm you suffered. Lastly, provide evidence of the damages incurred, such as medical bills.
What Does "Standard of Care" Mean in a Medical Malpractice Case?
The phrase "standard of care," when used in the context of a medical malpractice claim, refers to generally accepted practices and procedures that a competent healthcare professional with similar training and experience would follow in similar circumstances. It's what attorneys, judges, and medical professionals use to evaluate whether a healthcare provider's actions were negligent.
What Are Some Examples of Breach of Standards of Care in a Medical Malpractice Case?
A good example of a breach of the standard of care in such a case would be when a surgeon performs surgery incorrectly or leaves surgical instruments inside a patient. Inadequate communication, such as failing to inform a patient of the risks associated with a procedure, could also count as a breach. Other examples include but are not limited to prescription errors, misdiagnoses, and failure to order necessary tests.
What Damages Can I Recover?
Based on the cases we've handled over the last three decades, plaintiffs have been able to recover damages such as medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. In cases where a loved one loses their life due to medical malpractice, the surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for the loss of companionship, financial support, and funeral and burial expenses.
Don't Settle for What They Claim Is Right
Don't rush to file a claim or settle with the insurance company without having your case reviewed by a medical malpractice expert from our team. Insurance companies know that having a Stockton medical malpractice lawyer from Morgan and Morgan in your corner means they'll have to settle for the full damages to which you are entitled. That's what they'll want to avoid.
Don't let them profit from your pain. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
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