What Options Do Victims of Medical Negligence Have?

Posted on: March 21, 2020
Medical-Malpractice-Chico-CA

What An Injury Victim Needs To Know

After being injured or neglected by hospital staff, you may wonder what legal options victims of medical malpractice have. Here’s what you should know about the definition of medical negligence, what increases the risk of negligence, and what steps to take next. 

What Is Malpractice or Negligence? 

A doctor, nurse, or other medical professional owes what is called a “duty of care” to their patients. Duty of care refers to the standard of medical care expected from a provider given their education, skills, and experience.

When a medical professional fails to provide appropriate care to their patients, this may be considered malpractice or negligence. If the patient has suffered damages, the medical professional may be responsible. 

Some examples of medical negligence or malpractice include: 

  • Giving a patient the wrong diagnosis 
  • Refusing to make a diagnosis 
  • Failure to order the correct diagnostic tests to confirm or deny a medical condition 
  • Failure to accurately read the diagnostic test data 
  • Giving a patient a contraindicated medicine or administering too much medication 

What Contributes to Negligence? 

Medical negligence or malpractice can be either purposeful or unintentional. More often than not, doctors and nurses don’t intend to do harm to their patients.

Many cases of malpractice are the result of emergency departments and inpatient facilities being inadequately staffed and the stress of overflow when one working doctor has too many patients to attend to. 

Malpractice Responsibility

However, medical professionals and hospitals still maintain responsibility for malpractice when it occurs, regardless of whether or not it was purposeful. Hospitals must ensure their facilities are adequately staffed and their provider to patient ratio is sufficient.  

Common Indicators of Medical Malpractice 

Were you the victim of medical malpractice or negligence? If you experienced the following during a hospital stay or doctor’s visit and your condition worsened as a result, you may be able to bring forward a malpractice case: 

  • You were incorrectly diagnosed or your diagnosis was delayed 
  • You were not given timely diagnostic testing or were not tested at all 
  • You were given an incorrect dose or type of medication 
  • You were not properly cared for in the hospital, such as not being provided with enough nutrition or hydration 

Injured? Call Zink & Lenzi Now 

When you or someone you love are hurt by a negligent medical professional, either in a hospital or private setting, you may have legal options available to you for financial recovery. This includes but is not limited to:

  • replacement for lost wages,
  • medical bills,
  • emotional and physical suffering.

Call Zink & Lenzi Injury Lawyers now for more information at 530-895-1234. 

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