When medical malpractice happens, it changes your life forever.
When you turn to a doctor for medical treatment, you place your trust in the professional's ability to render proper medical care. What happens when that trust is shattered by negligent conduct? It usually results in long-lasting consequences.
We've all heard of cases where a doctor operated on the wrong patient of misdiagnosed an illness that proved to be fatal. However, most people never think it can happen to them. Did you know that medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer, according to the American Medical Association?
In addition, in a Forbes article published in 2012 it stated, "Over $3 billion was spent in medical malpractice payouts, averaging one payout every 43 minutes." This is alarming and scary as well.
Even though the judicial system cannot give you your health back, it can offer you monetary relief that will ease the financial burdens that accompany negligent medical care. It can offer you monies for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering.
If you are planning on filing a lawsuit against a doctor or other medical professional, keep in mind that there is a statute of limitations involved. California Code of Civil Procedure, Section 340.5, "The suit must be initiated within 3 years after the date of injury, or 2 year after the date of discovery, whichever occurs first."
When medical negligence results in an injury or a wrongful death, a lawsuit can be filed against the healthcare professional if he or she deviated from generally accepted standards of practice. Doctors are not the only people sued for malpractice. Others include anesthesiologists, emergency room personnel, pharmacists, nurses and technicians.
Victims of medical malpractice are entitled to recover damages for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, a medical malpractice suit is extremely complicated and needs the actions of an experienced personal injury attorney.
If you've been injured by the careless act of a doctor or hospital workers, contact the personal injury attorneys for San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Call the law offices of Peach & Weathers Personal Injury & Accident Lawyers to discuss your situation and let us explain your options and how we can safeguard your legal rights.