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Medical Malpractice

Medical providers are supposed to offer us care and support during our most critical moments. While most medical providers do offer excellent care that will help us to heal, some providers do not hold themselves to a requisite standard of care. When these medical professionals fall below this standard of care, they may be guilty of medical malpractice. We at The Law Offices of Sevag Nigoghosian represent clients who have been injured due to the negligent or wrongful actions of a medical provider.

Physicians, nurses, all members of hospital staff, and any other individuals providing care to a patient may be guilty of medical malpractice. Our attorneys have represented clients who have suffered devastating injuries due to the actions or inaction of a variety of medical professionals. Medical malpractice can include unsanitary or unclean conditions, negligent care, surgical mistakes, hospital mistakes, failure to diagnose, nursing home abuse, and many other issues.
It is important to remember that not every unfavorable outcome following medical treatment is a case of medical malpractice. Our medical malpractice attorneys encourage potential clients to ask themselves the following questions:

  • Is the patient’s condition significantly worse now, following treatment?
  • Are the symptoms the patient experienced following treatment commonly associated with the medical procedure he or she underwent?
  • Is the physician able to give a satisfactory explanation for the patient’s symptoms?

If your physician cannot answer your questions satisfactorily, you may have been a victim of medical malpractice. The Law Offices of Sevag Nigoghosian encourages you to contact a medical malpractice attorney at our firm today. Call for a free consultation.

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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE FAQ

What is Medical Malpractice?
Professional negligence refers to the negligent acts of a medical provider.  This can include doctors, nurses, caregivers, dentists and other health related professionals.  A claim for professional malpractice basically asserts that the professional involved failed to act like other professionals would have acted in the same of similar circumstances.  For example, if you go to the doctor to have a toe removed from your left foot and the toe is removed from your right foot, that surgeon failed to act like a reasonably competent surgeon in the same or similar circumstance.

Why is a Medical Malpractice lawyer needed for medical mistakes?
Medical Malpractice is a doctor’s failure to exercise the degree of care and skill that a physician or surgeon of the same medical specialty would use under similar circumstances. When medical "standards" are not followed, it is also known as med mal. A lawyer that knows about medical problems & medical laws is needed to help a claim reach the courts in the fastest, accurate, and most complete way possible. A medical malpractice lawyer will work with the hospital system & medical law system to find out what your rights and legal options are. While you or someone you know gets better or recovers from your medical mistake or injury, the medical malpractice attorney will fight for your legal rights.

Have I waived my rights because I signed a consent form?
This question is asked by numerous people. Health care providers are not given a license to commit malpractice simply because a consent form was filled out by a patient. Despite the fact that the execution of a characteristic consent form specifies acknowledgement of the stated risks and complications in conjunction with a given treatment or operation, it doesn’t relieve a health care provider from their responsibility of meeting the standard of care in association with such treatment or operations.

What is the first step a Medical Malpractice attorney would do in pursuing a Medical Malpractice claim?
The first step in deciding whether to pursue a medical malpractice case is to determine whether or not you have been the victim of medical malpractice. Even though not every unfortunate outcome is the result of medical malpractice, if you feel that something is not right, you should react accordingly and consult a qualified attorney knowledgeable of the medical field to evaluate your case. This process generally involves attaining and evaluating medical records and other relevant materials. If it appears that the case is strong enough, the next step in the process involves giving written notification of the claims to the parties suspected to be responsible for medical malpractice.

What are typical medical malpractice claims?
Lawsuits against health institutions and/or physicians, medical malpractice commonly occurs under the following circumstances:

  • Birth Injury
  • Surgical Negligence
  • Anesthesia Malpractice
  • Contaminated Blood
  • Failure to Properly Diagnosis and/or Treat a Condition
  • Injury from Prescription Drugs / Overdoses

When should I suspect that my injuries were caused by medical malpractice?
Not all medical mistakes are malpractice, but if you or a loved one has suffered an unexpected serious injury or death, you should question whether the injury or death was caused by medical negligence. You owe it to yourself and your family to know the truth and to hold the health care provider responsible for the harm he or she caused.

What should I do if I have been a victim of medical malpractice?
You may be experiencing pain and suffering and severe financial hardships. You should not go through this difficult time alone. You, the patient, should not be paying for your doctor's mistakes or negligence. If you or a loved one are living with the consequences of a misdiagnosis, it is important to contact an experienced lawyer who can protect your rights and get you the compensation to which you are entitled.  


What else can I do besides sue for malpractice?
The first step, other than filing a lawsuit, includes informing the professional who performed the service. The professional may not know that there is a problem. Most doctors / pharmacists are honest and will take action to correct a mistake. This helps you to obtain immediate relief and allows the responsible party to correct the error before others are harmed. Additionally, state regulatory boards and licensing authorities can be a source for review and disciplinary actions. In California a complaint can be made to the  Medical Board of California. Penalties and fines, including the suspension or revocation of a license, can be imposed by state agencies and organizations.

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