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Medical Errors and the Injuries They Cause – What Every Victim Should Know

Medical ErrorsThere have been a lot of talks about medical errors over the past couple of years. Largely due to the prevalence of such errors, these discussions do not always provide the information that victims need to pursue a claim. In fact, some sources fail even to inform victims of their right to seek compensation for any losses or injuries they have experienced. The following information explains this right and provides information on where you can find assistance with your medical malpractice claim.

Defining Medical Errors

A medical error is any preventable mistake made by a hospital, doctor, nurse, or medical care staff. Mistakes do not have to result in loss or injury to be considered a medical error. However, injuries or losses typically must occur for the error to be considered compensable under the law. Further, errors worth pursuing tend to result in relatively significant injuries or losses.

Determining if Your Case is Compensable

In a perfect world, victims could easily determine if a loss or injury was the product of a medical error. Alternatively, they would know that an error had occurred and that an injury is likely. Unfortunately, the world is far from perfect.

Victims who experience an injury may be told that it was the result of an unforeseeable and unexpected complication. For others, the injury or harm may not arise until long after the treatment or procedure has occurred (i.e. a missed cancer diagnosis). In either case, the victim may need the assistance and experience of a medical malpractice lawyer to examine the details and determine if their case may be compensable.

Common Medical Error Injuries

Although the cause and severity of medical injuries may vary from one person to the next, some injuries are more common than others. Examples of common losses include:

  • Infection,
  • Broken bones,
  • Disfigurement,
  • Unnecessary amputation,
  • Internal bleeding,
  • Retained objects or instruments,
  • Unnecessary removal of an organ,
  • Wrong surgery for the wrong patient,
  • Delayed treatment,
  • Fatality, and
  • Brain injury from falls.

If you believe that you or someone you love may have been the victim of a medical error that resulted in injury, it is important that you speak to an attorney about your situation.

Contact Our San Jose Medical Malpractice Lawyers

At Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP, we fight for the rights of medical malpractice victims. Dedicated and experienced to the best interest of our clients, we aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Schedule a free consultation to learn how our San Jose medical malpractice lawyers can assist you. Call (408) 289-1417 today.

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