Santa Rosa Medical Malpractice Attorney
- When a medical professional’s negligence causes you or a loved one to suffer an injury, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
- Examples of medical malpractice include failure to diagnose, emergency room errors, surgical errors, and anesthesia mistakes.
- Proving medical malpractice can be difficult, but as long as the patient’s injury was a direct result of the medical professional’s negligence and the doctor owed a duty of care, the patient should have the grounds to sue for medical malpractice.
Holding Doctors Accountable for Malpractice
When you visit a doctor, nurse, dentist or other medical professional, you expect competence and support. You expect these highly educated and rigorously trained practitioners to meet certain standards of care. Unfortunately, some medical professionals fail to perform at the acceptable levels of practice, making mistakes which can have devastating consequences for the patient. When a professional health care provider’s negligence causes you or a loved one to suffer, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
At The Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman, our Santa Rosa personal injury lawyers have experience helping individuals and families affected by medical malpractice, and we have been defending the rights of the injured since 1957. We have extensive resources at our disposal, and we work diligently to prepare malpractice cases to achieve the best possible results for our clients.
How Medical Malpractice Happens & Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice may involve a birth injury, such as cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy, or damage caused to internal organs in a case of surgical errors. Other instances of medical malpractice include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to diagnose (including failure to diagnose cancer or a cardiac problem)
- Injuries related to nursing home abuse such as negligently failing to provide treatment or medication
- Surgical mistakes including operation errors and performing the wrong procedure
- Emergency room mistakes
- Psychiatric malpractice such as sexual abuse, physical violence or over medication
- Anesthesia errors
- Mistakes leading to wrongful death
- Medical device errors
- Delayed diagnosis
- Misread x-rays
- Unnecessary surgery
Suing for Medical Malpractice
Provided that the doctor owed a duty of care to the patient and that the patient’s injury was the direct result of the doctor’s negligence, the patient should have grounds to sue for malpractice. A medical malpractice claim can be complex. Doctors, nurses and other hospital staff may be responsible for your injuries, but the insurance company will often attempt to shift the blame to the injured patient in an attempt to deny a claim or reduce payment. A medical malpractice lawyer from our firm can stand up to the insurance company and fight for your right to fair compensation for your injuries.
The Basics of Proving a Medical Malpractice Claim
- You had a physician-patient relationship with the doctor you are suing.
- The doctor was negligent in connection with your treatment or diagnosis.
- The doctor’s negligence or incompetence directly caused your injury.
- The injury you suffered due to the doctor’s negligence led to physical pain, loss of wages, additional medical costs, or other damages.
Contact a Santa Rosa Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a case of medical malpractice, you can have confidence in our ability to effectively handle your claim for compensation. Contact us now for a free consultation with an attorney from our firm, where we can review the situation and help you determine how much your case may be worth. We can visit you in the hospital or your home if your injury makes travel difficult, and we are ready to begin working on your case immediately.